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Several holes in police investigation

Jatin Anand & Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 12, 2012
First Published: 00:23 IST(12/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:27 IST(12/10/2012)

Delhi Police's Special Cell may have succeeded in cracking three IM modules so far, but there are several holes that still need to be plugged.

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On Thursday, the police claimed to have 'solved' the August serial blasts in Pune with the arrests of three IM men. They also claimed to have averted a similar strike in Delhi and Bihar's Bodh Gaya. However, there's more to the police's claim that meets the eye.

Nabbed by the Special Cell in two installments from different parts of Delhi, Asad Khan, 33, Imran Khan, 31, and Syed Firoze, 38, were tracked down during an international anti-terror operation, which included the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), claimed highly-placed intelligence sources.

"Trans-border communication intercepts, the questioning of LeT operative Fayyaz Qagzi and an analysis of the remnants of IM's Maharashtra Module cadre in that state led to the arrests," a senior intelligence agency officer said.

According to sources, six men were behind Pune's serial blasts. However, only three of the terrorists have been arrested by the Special Cell and two others vaguely identified.

In fact, one of the operatives roped in to execute a Pune-like incident in Delhi is yet to be caught. "The accommodation arranged by Riyaz Bhatkal's local contact, one Raju Bhai, seems to have been arranged for four men. We do have inputs that another man was supposed to join them. We are working on the leads, but he is currently absconding," an officer admitted.

The only success the Delhi Police seem to have stumbled upon, however, seems to be the realisation that Riyaz Bhatkal - the architect of Delhi's 2005 Serial Blasts - is still active and that LeT commanders such as Qagzi, are operating from West Asia.

"We have now learnt that Qagzi has been in Saudi Arabia since 2008," the officer said.


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