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RAW, IB line up to quiz Kazmi

They might still be in the process of establishing his exact role in the ‘international conspiracy’ to wreak havoc on people belonging to Israel, but several agencies are queuing-up outside their door to have a word with the freelance journalist under their custody. Jatin Anand reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2012 01:02 IST
Jatin Anand

They might still be in the process of establishing his exact role in the ‘international conspiracy’ to wreak havoc on people belonging to Israel, but several agencies are queuing-up outside their door to have a word with the freelance journalist under their custody.

From Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operatives to representatives of several state police forces — everyone wants to speak to Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi.

“In the past six days, we have entertained officials from more than half a dozen agencies, including RAW and IB, and either fixed appointments for them with Kazmi or handed over copies of his interrogation report to them,” said a police officer.

Kazmi, who used to contribute to an Iran-based news wire service and volunteer as coach for an English language programme at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, was arrested by a special team near his residence in south Delhi's Jor Bagh area last Tuesday.

Police had claimed that Kazmi had provided logistical support to the plot, conducted a reconnaissance of the Israeli Embassy on Aurangzeb Road where the incident took place, and also harboured the perpetrators, who are supposed to be of Iranian origin.

“Kazmi is the third terror suspect, after two men of Kashmiri origin with suspected links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Kamal Chauhan, accused of having helped in perpetrating the blast in the Samjhauta Express, whose interrogation report we have been told to collect from the special cell,” said an officer from the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

On February 13, a biker had placed a ‘sticky bomb’ on an Israeli embassy car at Aurangzeb Road.