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They fooled police, media, parents

india Updated: Sep 22, 2008 00:29 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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If the Delhi Police are to be believed, then the alleged terrorists hoodwinked everybody. Fake police stamps, fake tenant verification forms and even a fake voter ID card—they planned it all.

Saqib Nissar, Zia Ur Rehman, and Mohammed Shakeel, the people allegedly responsible for the Delhi blasts, managed to fool everybody—including the police, media and even their parents.

On the day of the encounter, HT had spoken to Saqib and Zia, two of the terror suspects. Both claimed of not personally knowing Atif, the alleged mastermind.

Talking to HT Saqib had said: "I met Atif through my cousin who knew him from Azamgarh. We just met socially, he wanted a place to stay near the University and I helped him out. But he was never my good friend."

Zia had a similar story to tell. It was the house of his father's colleague where the encounter took place. The police have charged his father Abdur Rehman for forgery. He allegedly helped Atif and his friends to forge a tenant verification form. They managed to fool the owner of the flat Mohsin Nisar, an executive with PWD, Ghaziabad with the fake tenant verification form.

"I was introduced to Atif by Saqib. Atif wanted a place to stay so I took them to my father who I the caretaker of the flat. I just knew him, he was not a friend just an acquaintance," Zia had told HT. Zia's family is from Meerut while Saqib belongs to Azamgarh.

Both had also said they had no clue Atif was allegedly a terrorist. They had said that they just thought Atif was a student studying in Jamia Milia Islamia.

According to police, the ingenuity in the work of these young 'terrorists' can be seen from the fact that they managed to make or procure a fake stamp of the Delhi Police.