The minor brother of Wasim Akram Malik, the alleged mastermind of the September 7 Delhi high court blast that left 15 dead, has now emerged as the key player.
Investigators suspect the youth might try to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or could have already moved there, after his name started figuring in the investigation. His last location was found to be near the jungles of Bhaderwah in Doda, said officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Malik’s parent claim that their younger son was kidnapped by operatives of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), but the NIA and counter-terror sleuths in Jammu and Kashmir believe that he had joined the HM ranks.
Investigators suspect Malik and his younger brother not only hosted two persons from Bangladesh, but provided them material support for the bomb blast. The Bangladeshis are suspected to have planted the improvised explosive device at the Delhi High Court.
In Jammu, the NIA seized three mobile phones from Malik’s house. “The team will now check the call details and contacts on the phones,” said an NIA official on condition of anonymity.
Malik, 23, who was arrested from the India-Bangladesh border earlier this month, was studying medicine in Bangladesh.
The NIA team flew to Kishtwar, 230 km from Jammu, where they recovered some important documents, which could help them in the investigation.
On September 8, the NIA traced the e-mail of Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-islami claiming responsibility of the blast, to Kishtwar. On September 14, the NIA zeroed in on two main suspects, Amir Abbas Dev and Abid Hussain Wani. On October 4, Malik was arrested.