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Were there five others in the flat?

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2008 00:35 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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Though the brain behind the Indian Mujahideen group may be dead, the police said there are at least five others of the terror module involved in the serial blasts in the entire country are still on the loose.

Late on Friday, the police arrested another suspected militant Zeeshan from Barakhamba area of central Delhi.

The police were verifying whether he was also staying with Atif at his hideout in Jamia Nagar. The L-18 flat at Batla House in Jamia Nagar where Atif alias Bashir had set up a base had the belongings of at least five more people.

There were bags strewn around the entire flat and it seemed apart from the two who were shot dead, one who was arrested and two who managed to slip away, there were others who were living in the flat.

“A look at the two room flat revealed that several people had been living there. We found laptops, pen drives and CD’s also from the house,” said a senior police officer.

The police detained few schoolboys living in the adjacent flat to get more details about the militants.

Investigations revealed after planting the bombs at Ahmedabad on July 26, he came to Delhi along with 13 other men.

“While two of them are thieves who arranged the cars in which the explosives were laden in Ahmedabad, the other men are involved in arranging and manufacturing bombs,” said a senior police officer.

The police said they have seized several mobile phones from the flat and were finding out the contacts. “We are in touch with several locals. We have been told that Atif had stopped interacting with neighbours,” said the officer. The police said they were verifying Abdus Subhan Qureshi’s connection with Atif.

“The operation has got nothing to do with Abu Bashar who was brought to Delhi by Ahmedabad Police a day ago. He had no information about the Delhi bomb blasts,” said YS Dadwal, commissioner of police.