In 2005, Mahmood was 23 years old. It is 2010 and he is still 23.
Every year before any national day such as Republic Day (January 26) or Independence Day (August 15) the Delhi police promptly come out with posters of terrorists, informing people to be alert. But unfortunately the police are not so prompt in updating their information.
Also, it is only when close to a day of national importance that the police swing into action and release such posters.
Mahmood, owing allegiance to militant outfits Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindababad Force (KZF), features in the
Interpol’s red corner notice posted on the official website of the Central Bureau of Intelligence.
Four other accused — Ranjit Singh alias Nita, Parshotam Singh, Wadhwa Singh, Mahmood and Paramjit Singh Panjwar — also have a red corner notices against them.
Ever since twin bombs, hidden in tiffin boxes, rocked Liberty Cinema hall in central Delhi in May 2005, the police have started putting up posters of the same group of wanted militants before every important national day.
The black and white posters, where even the age of the alleged terrorists has not been changed for the past five years, are reproduced every year.
Their names cropped up after the arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara, the BKI militant arrested by the Delhi Police soon after the twin blasts in Liberty and Satyam theatre.
Ranjit Singh, Wadhwa Singh and Paramjit Singh are not only wanted by Delhi Police, they are also on the list of 20 alleged terrorists whom India wants extradited from Pakistan.
Their names also figure in the Interpol list.
With less than a week left for the Republic Day celebrations, more than 500 posters of the five men have been circulated in the city — they have been put up at police stations,
markets and also on police control room (PCR) vans.
“They are put up to sensitise the staff on duty on the days of national importance. We tell them that these men are on the list of wanted criminals and are suspected to disrupt the functions,” said Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.
Two new posters have joined the ranks.
One of them carries the photographs of five absconding members of Indian Mujahideen (IM), responsible for serial bomb blasts in Delhi in September 2008, in which 21 people died.
The other one is the poster of the three convicted Pakistani ISI agents who fled on January 1 this year.