MUMBAI: A special court on Friday remanded Abdul Arbaz and Maulavi Mushfique Ahmed, both Amravati residents, arrested in connection with the killing of Amravati chemist Umesh Kolhe, to NIA custody till August 12. So far, a total of nine accused have been arrested. Seeking 15 days custody, the NIA claimed that they were harbouring the absconding accused. The NIA said that under the UAPA Act they were charged with the offence related to harbouring terrorists.
It was further submitted that one of the arrested, Irfan Shaikh, had called Mushfique after the murder, hence, conspiracy was established. It was also submitted that after the murder the accused even went for biryani dinner and this showed their conduct.
Defence advocate Ali Kaashif Khan opposed the remand and submitted that the accused could not be accused of harbouring terrorists as this was not established. “At most they could be booked under the Indian Penal Code section relating to harbouring an offender,” Khan said. tnn