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Delhi HC blast: blank papers led NIA to accused

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 15, 2012
First Published: 01:00 IST(15/3/2012) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(15/3/2012)

Two blank papers recovered from the residence of Wasim Akram Malik — the main conspirator in the Delhi High Court blast case — tied him to the email that claimed responsibility of the terror strike.


Malik and his five associates were chargesheeted in the case on Tuesday. The chargesheet states that the investigators searched Malik’s residence in Dugga area of Kishtwar in the Jammu and Kashmir.

During the search, the NIA recovered two blank white papers having indentation marks. The NIA decided to send them to forensic science laboratory along with the specimen handwriting of Malik, who was studying MBBS in Bangladesh at the time of the blast that claimed 15 lives and left 79 injured.

The experts not only managed to decipher the indented handwriting available on the blank papers but they even deciphered the text of the email, which was prepared and handed over by Malik to another accused Amir Abbas Dev. Dev, in turn, gave it to a minor accused on September 5, 2011, just two days before the blast.

According to the chargesheet, the same text was mailed by the minor accused after the blast.

Investigators also came to know that the minor accused was asked by Dev to name a Kishtwar-based religious preacher, Mufti Shahnawaz, as the provider of the text of the email. The idea was to divert the investigation in the wrong direction and incite public against any possible police action.

The chargesheet also claims that when Malik came to know about the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, he was in Bangladesh. Malik, along with his friends, went to a mosque and offered special prayer (Ghaibana Namaz-e-Janaza) to mark the ‘Shahadat’ of Laden.

Key accused slips from police dragnet Amir Ali Kamal, an accused in the Delhi High Court blast managed to give the slip to the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the wee hours in Kishtwar.

His arrest is very important for the NIA to connect all dots in the probe of the case. According to sources, Kamal is planning to leave Jammu and Kashmir for Nepal or Bangladesh. But the NIA got whiff of his plans.

Investigators also came to know that he was supposed to meet someone for making arrangement for his relocation.

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