NIA widens probe as IM claims Delhi blast credit
The National Investigation Agency has roped in anti-terrorist squads from the neighbouring states to probe Wednesday’s Delhi high court blast that left 13 people dead. HT reports. Death toll rises to 13 | 3 injured missing from RML| Video: J&K cyber cafe owner arrested | Video: Relatives of victims protestdelhi Updated: Sep 09, 2011 12:42 IST
The National Investigation Agency has roped in anti-terrorist squads from the neighbouring states to probe Wednesday’s Delhi high court blast that left 13 people dead.
On Thursday, two of the 75 people injured in the attack — Pramod Chaurasia, 40, and P Patro, 58 — died, pushing the toll to 13. Chaurasia died due to post-surgical infection and while Patro had two heart attacks. Death toll rises to 13
With the arrival of a second email — supposedly from the Indian Mujahideen after the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami email claiming responsibility for the carnage — the NIA widened the probe from Kishtwar in Kashmir to an undisclosed village in western Uttar Pradesh. 3 injured missing
The email from IM on Thursday refuted the HuJI claim and threatened an attack outside a shopping mall next Tuesday and dared the security forces to stop them.
"This (bomb blast) has been executed by us, the (IM),” said a person, who identified himself as Chotoo, in the email. The IM had long planned to carry out a blast in the Delhi HC and the “HuJI is not even involved remotely”, the email said. May 25 could have been worse
Investigators tracked down the first email to a cyber-café in Kishtwar and detained three suspects on Thursday. The HuJI email claimed the attack within hours of the blast. Sketches of no helpThe home ministry said both claims were being verified and preventive steps being taken. But Delhi Police’s anti-terror team — ordered to assist the NIA — believe the IM email appeared credible. "We believe the blast seems to be the handiwork of a local module of the IM, not HuJI," a Delhi Police officer said, adding they had sent out teams to Kashmir, Lucknow and western UP to pursue leads.
One officer spoke about surveillance mounted by the police in a western UP village, a little over 100 km from Delhi. “One of our teams is attempting to zero in on certain individuals residing at a particular village. It has been on surveillance since last evening,” he said.
First Published: Sep 09, 2011 00:32 IST