Cops may visit Thailand to quiz Bangkok ‘bomber’
A Delhi Police team will visit Thailand and Malaysia later this month to carry forward investigation into the attack on an Israel embassy vehicle on February 13. Sources said the police want to interrogate Sedaghatzadeh Masoud — an Iranian national who was in touch with Houshang Afshar Irani, whom the police have identified as one of the bombers.delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2012 23:49 IST
A Delhi Police team will visit Thailand and Malaysia later this month to carry forward investigation into the attack on an Israel embassy vehicle on February 13. Sources said the police want to interrogate Sedaghatzadeh Masoud — an Iranian national who was in touch with Houshang Afshar Irani, whom the police have identified as one of the bombers.
“Masoud was arrested from Kuala Lumpur airport on February 15. Investigation has revealed that he was in constant touch with Irani who had left Delhi immediately after the blast. We have now sought permission from the agency concerned to allow us to interrogate him. Our team will go there once we get the permission,” a senior police officer said.
Masoud —who is suspected to be one of the Bangkok bombers — and Irani are believed to be part of the same group. Police said that Masoud’s interrogation can lead to the arrest of Irani and the other two persons who had carried out the Delhi blast, identified as Syed Ali Sadr Mehdian and Abolghasemi Mohammad Reza.
“A similar blast had taken place in Bangkok on February 14. Two Iranians — Moradi Saeid and Mohammad Khazaei — were arrested there for the attack. We want to interrogate them,” the officer added.
On March 6, Delhi Police had arrested a freelance journalist Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi in connection with the blast. “He was arrested for being a facilitator of the conspiracy,” the police officer said. He is said to have revealed that Mehdian along with Reza and Irani had surveyed the area in Kazmi’s car.
“Mehdian’s return ticket was booked by Kazmi and the trio had left the country immediately after the blast. We did suspect Mehdian in the case but could not alert the immigration authority on time. Otherwise, they could have been arrested," the officer further said.
Kazmi and his wife had allegedly received Rs 18.78 lakh and R3.8 lakh respectively as foreign remittance. The police have written to Director of Enforcement and Financial Investigation to probe the source of money.
First Published: Mar 18, 2012 23:47 IST