Five years after three powerful explosions ripped Delhi apart and killed 67 people and injured 225 others, all that the Delhi Police have done is catch those who financed the terror plot. The real conspirators are still at large.
Three of the four bombers are still out of the police's reach. Mohammad Rafiq Shah, who allegedly planted the bomb in a bus at Govindpuri, was said to be attending college in Srinagar when the blasts took place. The LeT operatives had named it 'Operation Mansoor'.
The police had named Abu al Qama, the operational commander of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), as the planner. Qama was also named as a planner of the September 13, 2008, serial blasts in Delhi that killed 21 people.
"We have filed the chargesheet in the case and the trial is on," said Shibesh Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell).
According to the chargesheet, Qama had made two calls to Tariq Ahmed Dar, an employee with a pharmaceutical company who is one of the key suspects, soon after the blasts. The calls said the four bombers who had executed the blasts have crossed the border through Kashmir in a truck.
The police released the sketch of the two bombers and announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for any information about them.
The police had identified the bombers who had planted the IED in Paharganj and Sarojini Nagar markets as Mansoor and Sajjad Saifi. Shah, the third bomber who allegedly planted the bomb in a DTC bus, is the only one behind bars.
Police also claimed that in a meeting during Ramzan of 2005, Dar was introduced to a resident of PoK named Mansoor and a Pakistani named Rashid, operating from Sopore.