Mumbai attacks suspects to be questioned again
Police in Mumbai were yesterday granted extra time to hold and question two suspected members of an Islamist group blamed for the deadly attacks on the city in November, a senior officer said.
Crime branch chief Rakesh Maria, leading the investigation, said a judge had given them permission to detain Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed for a further two weeks.
"We have got custody up to the fifth of next month," he told AFP.
Both men were first arrested last February in connection with an assault on police in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
They are alleged to have prepared surveillance on Mumbai and handed over information to the banned Pakistan-based Islamist group Laskhar-e-Taiba about possible targets before they were arrested.
Some 165 people died and more than 300 were injured in the Mumbai attacks, which saw 10 heavily-armed gunmen open fire with automatic weapons and grenades in a 60-hour reign of terror last November.
The alleged sole surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Khan -- also referred to as Kasab -- is in custody until February 2.
Police have said that he could ultimately face charges of "waging war against the country," murder and attempted murder, plus firearms and explosives offences. If convicted he could face the death penalty.