Malik believed in action, did recee of HC himself
Jehadi medical student and the main accused in the Delhi high court blast, Wasim Akram Malik, was not interested in ‘chillar jehad’ (insignificant terrorist action), a term he coined himself.delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2011 00:18 IST
Jehadi medical student and the main accused in the Delhi high court blast, Wasim Akram Malik, was not interested in ‘chillar jehad’ (insignificant terrorist action), a term he coined himself.
In fact he chided his younger militant brother Junaid Akram Malik — who is also wanted in the case — for indulging in smaller terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and not thinking about something spectacular to make everyone sit up and take notice.
“For Wasim, the idea of jehad is not picking up a gun and fighting in the jungles of Jammu and Kashmir; he is highly radicalised but without overt symbols attached to it. He can discuss his multiple girlfriends with as much ease as he can discuss Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri and Anwar al Awlaki.
He has no qualms about opening Facebook in one window and chatting with girlfriends and simultaneously reading about international jehad in the second window on his computer,” said a source who is privy to his interrogation details.
Wasim is in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) till Monday for the prime role he played in the whole conspiracy. Investigators claim that Wasim conducted a recee of the Delhi high court in June this year. He had flown down to Delhi from Bangladesh — where he was studying — without informing his family about the visit.
He did a recee of the court on a Wednesday.
After observing the court functioning, Wasim decided to target the reception area between gate number four and five. He also tried to find out the reasons behind the failure of the May 25 bombing attempt at the Delhi high court.
The September 7 blast at the Delhi high court claimed 15 lives and left more than 70 people injured.
Investigators term him as highly radicalised who got in touch with jehadis as a school student in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. He used to attend confluences of conservative sect Tablighi Jamaat. Then in 2005, he was picked up by the state police for travelling with a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant. Though, he was freed for want of evidence, his parents were sufficiently alarmed with his activities and first sent him to Jammu and then to the Jalalabad Ragib-Rabea Medical College in Sylhet near Dhaka in Bangladesh.
But his jehadi discourses continued at both places. He felt close affinity with fellow doctor Azfal Guru, who was given a death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case. With the notion that the courts didn’t do justice with Guru, he developed the idea of striking the Delhi high court.
After conducting recee of the court, he went to Kishtwar and met his younger brother Junaid, who investigators believe, is a Hizbul Mujahideen militant now.