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NIA wants to probe 13/7 accused for Delhi HC blast

Hoping for a breakthrough, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) wants to question the four accused arrested for the 13/7 blasts in the city, in connection with the blast outside the Delhi high court on September 7, 2011.

mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2012 02:05 IST
Rahul Mahajani

Hoping for a breakthrough, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) wants to question the four accused arrested for the 13/7 blasts in the city, in connection with the blast outside the Delhi high court on September 7, 2011.

The NIA moved an application in this regard in a local court on Wednesday, which will be heard next week. The agency told the court they had found some links in the two cases and wanted to verify the information by questioning the four accused.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Maharashtra had on January 23 arrested three persons, who they alleged were members of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), for their involvement in the July 13 blasts in the city that killed 13 people and injured around 175. Naquee Ahmed, 22, Nadeem Sheikh, 23 — who had confessed to his involvement in the case — and Haroon Naik, who allegedly received training in Pakistan and is believed to be a top IM commander, were arrested in the case.

A fourth accused, Kanwar Patherija, was also arrested for allegedly Rs10 lakh through hawala channels to finance the blasts.

The NIA has been unable to crack the Delhi high court blast case so far and is hoping to get some vital information through the interrogation of the 13/7 accused. They also suspect the involvement of IM operative Yasin Bhatkal in the attack and hope to get some leads.

On Tuesday, the NIA filed a charge sheet against six Jammu and Kashmir residents for planning and helping execute the blast outside the Delhi high court, which killed 15 and injured 79 .

The six accused charge sheeted are Wasim Akram Malik, Amir Abbas Dev, Amir Kamal, Junaid Akram Malik and Shakir Hussain Seikh and a minor. Of these, three accused — Amir Kamal, Junaid Akram Malik and Shakir Hussian Sheikh — are absconding. The minor is on bail.

The charge sheet also names two Pakistanis, known by their code names, Abu Bilal and Abu Saifullah. They are suspected of planting the remote-operated improvised explosive device (IED) at the reception area near gate number five of the high court. They have not yet been arrested and the NIA is on the lookout for them.