– MUFTI ABDUL BASHAR KASMI
In Hyderabad, Abdul Bashar Kasmi worked also as editor of a monthly Urdu magazine ‘Nishan-e-Rah’ (Milestone) that was published by Idara-e-Mutalae Islam located in Saidabad. Abdul Bashar Kasmi also applied for the diploma course in journalism offered by the Maulana Azad National Urdu University but didn’t attend classes.
The Indian police suspected Abdul Bashar Kasmi’s linked with terror elements after he disappeared from the city in 04/2007, a month before the Mecca Masjid Bombing, on 05/18/2007, in Hyderabad. His name emerged during the interrogation of terror suspects arrested in Karnataka in 01/2008.
Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi was arrested, simultaneously with other 8 suspects, on Saturday 08/16/2008, by the Indian police in Lucknow, Uttar-Pradesh’s capital as a prime suspect of masterminding and financing the Ahmedabad Bombings. His arrest became possible due to the arrest of Sajid Mansuri, on 08/11/2008, and his intensive interrogation.
The Indian police and security services believe that Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi replaced Safdar Nagori, after his arrest in late 03/2008, as the chief terror attacks coordinator of SIMI and that Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi re-grouped the SIMI network after Nagori’s arrest.
According to the Indian police Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi planned the attacks in the house of Yunus Mansuri in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad.
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