NIA zeroes in on two Bangladeshis
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has learnt that two Bangladeshi nationals had planted the Improvised Explosive Device at the Delhi High Court on September 7. The two were seen in Kishtwar before the blast.delhi Updated: Oct 19, 2011 00:17 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has learnt that two Bangladeshi nationals had planted the Improvised Explosive Device at the Delhi High Court on September 7. The two were seen in Kishtwar before the blast.
The NIA got its first clue when the email, sent from ID ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, was traced to a cyber café in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. The email had claimed responsibility for the blast and demanded that the death sentence awarded to the 2001 Parliament attack case convict, Afzal Guru, be ‘repealed’.
The NIA claims that the email was sent by a Kishtwar native who has turned out to be a juvenile. Sources say that he was just seven days younger than 18 years when he committed the alleged offence. The juvenile was given the draft of email by another Kishtwar resident, Amir Abbas Dev, who is 19. Both, the juvenile and Dev, have given their statements before the magistrate, accepting their role in the conspiracy.
According to sources, Dev has claimed that Wasim Akram Malik had given him the draft email two days before the blast on a piece of paper and had instructed him to destroy the paper. Wasim had also promised to pay R12,000 to Dev for sending the email.
The investigators claim that when the accused juvenile sent the email a few hours after the blast, in order to destroy the evidence, he ate the paper on which the draft was written. Dev has also told the investigators that he saw the two Bangladeshis in Kishtwar before the blast. They were given some money in advance for the whole operation and investigators suspect that both of them travelled to Delhi by bus as there was some talk of dropping them to a bus stand.
“Dev and the younger brother of Wasim, who is suspected to be a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and likely to be juvenile also, were classmates in a religious course. That’s how Dev got to know about Wasim who was studying medicine in a college in Dhaka. Both Wasim and Dev seem to be quite motivated,” said a source.
Investigators claim that Dev knew about the fact that Wasim, his younger brother and two Bangladeshis were planning some terrorist action. But he got to know about the target only after the blast took place at the high court. The NIA has so far arrested three accused — the juvenile from Kishtwar, Dev and Wasim in the case.