Saturday, March 20, 2010

Firoz turns approver

KOZHIKODE: Shammy Firoz, one among the accused in the Kozhikode twin blast would turn approver. Firoz submitted an application regarding this before the special CBI court in Kochi Saturday.

The court would record the testimony of Firoz on 23. Firoz, who was arrested Friday has so far co-operated with the investigation process and claimed he was not involved in terror network.

Firoz is believed to have confessed to NIA officials that he had accompanied Thadiyantavide Nazir, alleged South Indian commander of LeT to the bus stands in Kozhikode to plant the bombs. NIA zeroed in on the role of Firoz in the blasts following some e-mail messages send by the accused to his brother and friend.

Firoz says that Nazir had contacted him a day before the blasts, seeking phone numbers of some government offices, which he couldnt provide. On the day of the blasts, Nazir arrived in a nearby mosque with two plastic bags.

Firoz claims that he knew the plan to plant bombs only at that moment. He admits following Nazir to place the bombs and describes hearing the sound of blasts. Nazir informed those accompanying him that the act was in revenge against the delay in trial process of those accused in second Marad riots.

Firoz is believed to have made the same confession before the NIA officials also. A native of Parappanangadi, Firoz was employed in an IT firm at Abudhabhi

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