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Heads roll: Top cop transferred

The Deputy commissioner of police (central district) was transferred , one of the first heads to roll following the serial blasts, while the police maintained that it was a routine transfer.

delhi Updated: Sep 16, 2008 00:24 IST
HT Correspondent

The Deputy commissioner of police (central district) was transferred on Monday, one of the first heads to roll following the serial blasts. Police maintained it was a routine transfer.

Beadonpura near Gaffar market in central Delhi was the worst affected with the maximum number of casualties being reported from the area.

Alok Kumar, DCP (central) was shunted to the Special Branch of Delhi Police. Jaspal Singh, presently DCP (northeast), would be the new DCP (central).

Meanwhile in other development Commissioner of Police YS Dadwal congratulated the four policemen who reportedly saved hundreds of lives by ripping off the timers from live bombs in Connaught Place.

Three live bombs were found near Regal cinema, Children’s Park at India Gate and at Central Park, Connaught Place. A rag picker and a street vendor had discovered the bombs and handed them over to the police.

The commissioner met head constables Sanjay, Rajender and constables Jaiveer and Suresh on Monday.

However in a no-show, Delhi Police refused to introduce the two “saviours” to the media. A much-publicised press conference turned dud when the Commissioner of Police refused to felicitate the two men in front of the media despite sending out invitations.

No clues yet

The Delhi Police said they had interrogated more than 50 people in connection with the blasts.

On Monday, police released the two men who were picked up from Okhla area for questioning by the police. One of them, an NGO worker was picked up on Sunday from Okhla area, was released on Monday. Police said he had earlier worked as a general secretary with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

When asked about the developments, Y.S. Dadwal, the Commissioner of Police, told reporters, “This is not a cricket match. We cannot share every development in the case.”

Ahmedabad Police on Monday released the sketches of four prime suspects who may have been involved in the blasts in Delhi.

A team of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) was in Delhi two days before the Delhi blasts, on the lookout of the four prime suspects: Qayamuddin Kapadia, Alamjeb, Mujib and Rajik.

“So far we have questioned more than 50 people but have not found any clues,” said a police officer.

Police said they would be matching the sketches with that of the description given by Moolchand, the auto-rickshaw driver who had ferried one of the bombers to Gaffar market from Paharganj.

Police said they had also taken into account the description provided by an 11-year-old balloon seller and are preparing sketches with its aid.

Delhi Police denied they had received any information from the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) about the movement of the suspected bombers in the capital two days before the blasts.