Even after making their first arrest in connection with the attack on an Israeli diplomat’s wife, the Delhi Police still claim to be waiting for the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) report on the material used in making the bomb close to a month after the incident.
This state of affairs continues to exist five days after 50-year-old Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi, a freelance journalist working for an Iran-based news wire service, was nabbed for his alleged role in the ‘international conspiracy’ from his Jor Bagh residence last Tuesday.
“We have sent several reminders to CFSL and each time have been reassured that the scientists engaged in examining the contents of the ‘sticky bomb’ are doing just that — examining it,” said a senior police officer. On February 13, a mysterious biker had stuck a ‘sticky bomb’ on an Israeli embassy owned Innova vehicle on Aurangzeb Road. Tel-
Yehoshua Koren, 42, the wife of an Israeli defence attaché, was onboard the Innova and was on her way to pick up her children from the American School in Chanakyapuri.
Even as they scramble to ascertain the ‘precise role played by Kazmi in the international terrorist conspiracy’, sources claimed that the journalist’s wife, Jahan Ara, was summoned for ‘routine questioning’ to the Special Cell’s officer at Lodhi Road on Sunday afternoon.
“No, there was no trip. My mother did not go to any police station,” said Sauzhab Kazmi, Ahmad’s eldest son, denying any such development.
With civil society groups and several members from the journalist fraternity joining Kazmi’s kin in protesting against his arrest, a protest march has been organised by NGOs at central Delhi’s India Gate monument on Monday evening.
The police are understood to have detained two more persons, including a motorcycle dealer, in relation with the case and investigations are underway.
On March 10, Hindustan Times had reported on Kazmi’s mobile number figuring on the callers’ list of ‘one of the three Iranians arrested by the Bangkok Police’ after a similar bid on February 14.