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'IM executed 2005 Delhi blasts'

Thirty three-year-old software engineer Mohammed Sadiq Sheikh , the alleged co-founder and top controller of IM, told his interrogators that the 2005(October 29) Delhi serial blasts were executed by his group, reports Abhishek Sharan.

delhi Updated: Oct 12, 2008 00:25 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Thirty three-year-old software engineer Mohammed Sadiq Sheikh aka Yaseer aka Imran, the alleged co-founder and top controller of Indian Mujahideen (IM), told his interrogators that the 2005(October 29) Delhi serial blasts were executed by his group.

He is currently in the custody of Mumbai police since his arrest two weeks ago.

Sheikh told his interrogators, HT has a copy of his interrogation report, that though he was himself not present on the day of the blasts (October 29, 2005), four of his group’s operatives had executed the blasts that killed 62 persons and injured 210.

Sheikh even named the four bomb planters and claimed he had left Delhi after overseeing the ‘preparations’.

One of the bomb planters he named was IM's dead operations chief Atif Ameen whose city-based module allegedly executed the September 13 Delhi serial blasts, the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts (along with a local module of the Students Islamic Movement of India), and the May 13 Jaipur blasts this year.

“Shadab kept the bomb at Sarojini market and in Pahadganj Atif kept the bomb. Both the bombs were in pressure cookers. Third, in Govindpuri, (the bomb was kept in a) tiffin box. Shakeel and Saquid (had) kept the bomb,” (sic.) reads the interrogation report.

Sheikh’s surprising claims seemingly stand in variance with the findings of the Delhi police’s probe into the 2005 blasts according to which the terror attack, that occurred two days before Diwali, was carried out by Indian operatives of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), a Pakistani terror group.

According to investigators of Delhi police’s Special Cell, they have “sufficient material and forensic evidence” to establish that the blasts were allegedly masterminded by a module of LeT operatives, headed by Tariq Ahmed Dar. They said Dar was taking orders from its current India operations chief Abu Al Qama who is a Pakistani national.

Reacting to his claims, a senior Special Cell officer who requested anonymity owing to the ‘sensitive nature’ of the issue, told HT, “We will examine the claims, but I must tell you that we have sufficient, irrefutable evidence to establish that the 2005 Delhi blasts were conducted by LeT. Sheikh is perhaps trying to discredit our probe and mislead us so that the accused do not get punished,” said the officer.

He added, “We had intercepted a 15-minute long telephonic conversation between the Pakistani mastermind Abu Al Qama and co-mastermind Tariq Ahmed Dar in which the latter informed the former about the success of the blasts and that he wanted to carry out another such blasts…But Qama told him to wait.”

Qama incidentally allegedly controls the activities of the IM now along with its top absconding leaders — Amir Reza Khan and Riyaz Bhatkal.

Another accused arrested in the case by the Special Cell was Mohammed Rafiq Shah who had allegedly planted the 'tiffin bomb' inside a bus at Govindpuri in south Delhi.