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'Mumbai blast suspect' held in Kathmandu

  Police claim Zahir not in their custody


Policemen surround a vehicle which was damaged at the site of an explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai.


Mohammad Zahir‚ believed to be in his 40s‚ is a resident of Sarlahi district

KATHMANDU: Police have arrested a person from Baluwatar in the Capital on suspicion of his links with the July 13 serial blasts in the Indian city of Mumbai, the Gorkhapatra daily reported on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip off, the anti-terrorism cell of Nepal Police nabbed Mohammad Zahir, a resident of Sarlahi district and believed to be in his 40s, from his rented apartment in the posh area in Kathmandu about a week ago, according to the report. He was conducting suspicious activities at the time of the arrest.

Quoting unnamed police source, the report suggested that Zahir was found to be talking about the fatal explosions—in which 21 people lost their lives and 113 others were injured—over mobile telephone and exchanging SMSes on the same.

He has been apparently kept in custody at the Metropolitan Police Range (MPR), Hanumandhoka. It is said that investigation into his involvement in the incidents, however, has not been carried out further.

"Not in Hanumandhoka"

When The Himalayan Times asked the MPR, to provide it with further information about Zahir, its incharge SP Kedar Rijal expressed his surprise over the report and claimed that no person with that name was brought to or is in the custody at Hanumandhoka.

The list of people detained and kept in police custody at Hanumandhoka also does not mention Zahir's name.

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