New Delhi: The family of Naqi Ahmed, arrested by the Maharashtra ATS as the man behind 13/7 Mumbai blasts, on Tuesday said it would ask for the testimony of Delhi Police Special cell officials whom the 22-year-old was helping to solve a terror case by remaining undercover.

Naqi's brother Taqi Ahmed (24) told reporters here that he and his associates have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Commission for Minorities,

Delhi Police Commissioner and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to obtain help for his "innocent" brother who has been wrongfully framed by the ATS in the serial blasts case which claimed 27 lives.

"My brother is innocent. He was helping the Special Cell (of Delhi police) from December 9, 2011 to January 9 recently after they had approached him for help in a case they were pursuing. We will go to the court and other forums to get justice for my brother," Taqi said at a press conference here.

Taqi was flanked by the representatives of Jamia Teacher's solidarity association and social organisation-- ANHAD.

Taqi, during the conference, also claimed that he met the two officials of Special Cell, with whom Naqi had gone to Mumbai, two days back and they have assured him that they would stand by his brother's "innocence".

"The two Special cell officials assured me that they would go to the court and testify that my brother Naqi was indeed helping in their investigation and that he is innocent," he said.

Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria had yesterday announced in Mumbai the arrest of Naqi and said he was indoctrinated by IM head Yasin Bhatkal and also that Naqi helped the IM mastermind to rent the third floor flat in Habib Building at Byculla last year.

While identifying Bhatkal as the mastermind of the blasts, Maria said Naik, who is yet to be held in the blast case, had not only provided financial assistance in the crime but was also a participant in the conspiracy.

Naqi, who used to stay in Delhi, came to Mumbai on instructions of Bhatkal, who had indoctrinated him in Darbhanga after the two came in touch in 2008.

Subsequently Bhatkal came to Mumbai to look for a suitable apartment. He surveyed two-three houses in Madanpura area but rejected them due to frequent movement of police.

The ATS has also sought transit remand of alleged IM operative Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui (27), currently in a Delhi prison, for interrogation in the German Bakery blast case, Maria said. "We are hoping to get his custody soon," he added.

A pan-India terror module had been busted in November with the arrest of six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives including a Pakistani by the Delhi Police which claimed to have got vital leads in terror cases like German Bakery blast and shootout at Delhi's Jama Masjid. 28-year-old Yasin Bhatkal was identified as the kingpin of the module and Siddiqui a member.

The module was tracked down with the help of Siddqui who was arrested from Anand Vihar bus terminus in Delhi.

Maria also expressed concern over rampant use of SIM cards obtained using fake documents, saying nearly 36 percent of mobile connections in the city were procured fraudulently.

"City police randomly selected 26,450 mobile numbers\ and verified their addresses. Of them, 36 percent connections were found to have been obtained by submitting fake documents," he said.
   
In a press statement, issued by both the organizations supporting the Ahmed brothers, they said the Maharashtra ATS arrested Naqi after the Special Cell "abandoned" him in Mumbai after completing their own investigation.

The statement also said that the ATS version that they have found Naqi and Nadeem's clothes from the house where the 13/7 blasts main accused lived do not seem to be true in the "absence of any forensic tests" in this regard.

(Agencies)