A former Azamgarh MLA on Thursday said two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists allegedly involved in Delhi serial blasts had met him at his residence and sought monetary help soon after they escaped from Batla House following an encounter.
Abdus Salam of Congress claimed Junaid alias Haris, whom he knew, came to his flat in Saba Apartments in Noida Sector 44 at around 4:30 pm on September 19, 2008 along with another person, but he was not aware that they were involved in the
blasts or the gunbattle at Batla House in south Delhi.
Salam gave around Rs 1,500 to Junaid and another person whom the former MLA did not meet earlier. Salam said he remembers that Junaid told him that his name was Pappu.
Suspected IM terrorist Shahzad, police sources had earlier said, told his interrogators after his arrest on February 1 that he and Junaid had gone to the house of a former MLA from whom they got some money for travelling.
Police had not named the politician.
Sources had said Shahzad had taken the names of three politicians, including one from Mumbai, who gave them money.
"They met me sometime between 4 and 4:30 pm on September 19, 2008. I knew Haris (Junaid) as he is the nephew of my friend. He used to call me uncle. He came with another person I could not recognise. Police say he is Shahzad," Salam told PTI.
According to the Congress leader, Junaid told him that they needed money to go home. "I gave them Rs 1,400-1,500," he said.