The weapon used by alleged Delhi bomber Shahzad Ahmed (21) alias Pappu to kill Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was disposed by the accused in a canal near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, police said.
Shahzad told the police that before escaping, he had heard only three gunshots, one fired by him at Sharma and the other two fired by Atif Ameen — the leader of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen who was later killed in an encounter on September 19, 2008.
Shahzad is allegedly one of the 21 young men who formed a module to execute serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008, in which 21 people were killed.
“When he fled the Batla House flat during the encounter, Shahzad had Rs 170 on him. The same day, he left Delhi by a bus,” said a senior police officer.
“We took him to the canal where he claimed he has thrown the weapon of crime. We are trying to trace the .33 bore pistol with which he killed Sharma.”
After escaping from the flat, Shahzad and Ariz alias Junaid, the other accused who is still absconding, first fled to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and then went to Aligarh where they disposed the weapon, police said. For a day they stayed in Lucknow and then went to Mumbai, police said. After staying for a day in Mumbai, Shahzad went to Jaipur to meet one of his maternal uncles, police said.
“The maternal uncle refused to provide him any help and then they returned to Lucknow. For about a month they stayed here and then they parted ways,” said the officer.
Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said Shahzad has taken “some names” during interrogation and they were verifying the antecedents of these people. But Bhagat refused to say whether the names Shahzad took were that of politicians. “We have not completed the investigations,” he said.
Police said the lone terrorist Mohammad Saif who was arrested from the L-18 flat on the day of the encounter is the son of Shadab Ahmed, vice president of Samajwadi Party in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.
The politician had categorically denied the involvement of his son in the serial
blasts in Delhi and said that the police were framing innocent young men from Azamgarh district.