The Nanded unit of Majlise-Ittehadul-Muslimeen, a Hyderabad-based political party which recently won 11 seats in the 81-member Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation, has denied any links to Maqbool Sayed alias Zuber.
Maqbool, a resident of Dharmabad in Nanded district, was arrested by the Delhi police recently in connection with the August 1 Jangli Maharaj Road serial blasts in Pune.
Special commissioner of police (special cell) S N Srivastava said that Maqbool was the district president of All India Majlise-Ittehadul-Muslimeen.
However, Nanded district unit Majlis president Syed Moin said theparty has nothing to do with Maqbool.
Moin said that the party had dissolved the Dharmabad taluka unit 18 months ago. “The party also sacked Maqbool because he was living in Hyderabad. We have nothing to do with him,” Moin said on Saturday.
Dharmabad police said they had been on the lookout for Maqbool for threatening them with dire consequences if they took action against him or his brother. Police had moved to extern him from the district.
“Maqbool had threatened me with dire consequences a few weeks ago, when we initiated externment proceedings against him and his brother. He told me he would act if I proceeded against him with the externment procedure or took any preventive action,” said inspector Govardhan Kolekar of the Dharmabad police.
“We had launched a search for him, but he managed to slip away. We came to know about him only after he was arrested by the Delhi police from Hyderabad,” Kolekar told TOI.
He said Maqbool had several cases lodged against with the Andhra Pradesh, Dharmabad and Nanded police. He had two murder cases against him in Andhra Pradesh. In one of the cases with the Bodhan police, Maqbool was convicted by the court. Over a year ago, he had been released after serving the jail term and had come to Dharmabad. He would shuttle between Dharmabad and Hyderabad he added.
Kolekar said Maqbool was on the Dharmabad police record for several crimes. He was a suspect in a low intensity blast in the town in 1998.
He was allegedly involved in the 2000 blast at Sharda Cinema hall in Nanded.
Due to similarities in both the blasts, police had arrested him in 2000. “However, he was acquitted by the court,” said Kolekar. Maqbool, an associate of Azam Ghauri, who was killed in an encounter with Andhra Pradesh police, was also arrested by the Dharmabad police for possessing a country-made revolver, Kolekar added. TOI