Pressure and lack of enough evidence seem to have forced the Delhi Police to soften their stand on the arrest of freelance journalist Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi in connection with the bombing of an Israeli embassy car on February 13.
Members of police’s special team, who arrested Kazmi on March 7, said there is a possibility that he was unaware of the intention of bombers.
“We are not treating him as the mastermind as there are chances that he was not even aware of the bombers’ intention. So far, he has confessed that two persons had asked him about which stretch leads where from Aurangzeb Road, which he had told them. In Kazmi’s interrogation, we are focusing on the sequence of how he met the people who planted the bomb on the Israeli Embassy car,” said a senior police officer, requesting not to be named.
The sticky bomb was planted on the car at a traffic intersection on Aurangzeb Road.
Police are claiming that they have booked Kazmi for being part of the whole conspiracy and helping bombers in conducting a recce of the area. Although police have detained two more men in their 30s, sources said the bombers are already out of the country. “Those two have provided logistic support to bombers and one of them might be arrested soon,” he added.
Asked about the lack of evidence, a senior police officer said, “Whatever evidence we have, we will produce it in the court. He is in 20 days’ police custody and being questioned every day.”
Sources said during the course of interrogation, Kazmi was taken to several places in Delhi. Israel’s security agency Mossad is also likely to question him.
On police’s claim of bombers staying at his south Delhi ’s BK Dutt Colony residence, Kazmi’s son, Shauzab, an MBA student, said the police were lying about his father’s involvement. “No one had come from to stay at our house. If they have any evidence, they should produce it,” he said.
Police are also taking help of immigration authority at the Delhi airport to know the departure status of bombers.