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A cop’s costly friendship

A report submitted by the Delhi Police to the Union Home Ministry on Monday tried to answer some questions raised by the escape of three convicted ISI agents who had completed their jail terms and were to be deported to Pakistan reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2010 23:44 IST
Vijaita Singh

A report submitted by the Delhi Police to the Union Home Ministry on Monday tried to answer some questions raised by the escape of three convicted ISI agents who had completed their jail terms and were to be deported to Pakistan.

The three ISI agents — Abdul Razzak, Mohammad Sadiq alias Aslam and Rafaqat Ali — had reportedly escaped from Kotwali on Friday when they had gone to have lunch after an eye check up at the Guru Nanak Eye Centre.

Only one sub-inspector was accompanying the convicts.

Police have found that the sub-inspector was responsible for the escape but he did not have any “malafide intentions”.

The police enquiry report accessed by HT said Dina Moni Singh, the sub-inspector of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) who was accompanying the three, left two convicts at Kotwali and followed the third to Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi.

“The third convict told SI Dina Moni Singh he wanted to meet someone at Jaffrabad and strangely, Singh agreed to accompany him. What is even stranger is that, he told the other two to wait at a restaurant in Kotwali,” said a senior police officer.

“At Jaffrabad, the convict told the SI to wait in a bylane and disappeared. Singh waited for a few hours and returned to Kotwali only to find the other two had also disappeared,” the officer added.

The report also stated that there were “several contradictions” in the statement of SI Dina Moni Singh. The report said SI and the three had reportedly become friends. The SI did not inform his seniors before taking them out of the Lampur detention centre near Narela in northwest Delhi.

In the report, Delhi Police has said that the Special Branch, which handles the deportation process of Pakistani detainees, had no role to play in their security. But Inspector (Pakistan) posted with the Special Branch has to be informed about any movement.

“The security of the Pakistanis at the detention centre is handled by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The SI did not inform the SB before leaving the premises,” the report said.

“Since they were staying at the detention centre for the past several months, they had made good friends with the SI and gained his confidence, he never suspected they would escape,” said the officer.

“We have submitted the report to the MHA,” said YS Dadwal, police commissioner.

On their release from Tihar Jail, the three Pakistanis were produced before the SB, which sent them to Lampur and restraining orders were issued.

The FRRO said they have not received any intimation from the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit any kind of report.

The SB had sent a report to the MHA asking them to expedite the deportation process of the three men but did not get any response.

The Special Cell said they were conducting raids in Delhi and outside to apprehend the three.