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11/7 blasts: India to table proof of Pak link

The evidence would be put on the table during the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 03:39 IST

Indian intelligence agencies are ready with what they are describing as "pretty good" evidence of Pakistan's involvement in Mumbai blasts. The evidence would be put on the table during the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks scheduled between November 13 and 15.

Top intelligence sources told HT that proof of cross-border involvement in the July 11 serial blasts became clear after narco-analysis was conducted on the arrested. "The test was conducted on all the 15 arrested. But we found that the version of five among them were similar. Those five, we had also learnt, had gone to Pakistan," sources said.

The five not only gave similar versions about the training camp in Bhagawalpur that they had visited, but also blurted out similar description of a man who was coordinating their training. "It was apparent that they were describing the same person. The name of the person was Azam Cheema," sources said.

Narco analysis is a procedure to obtain information from a suspect who is put under sedation. In India, results of narco-analysis are not admissible in court. "Even though it's not admissible, when five persons give similar accounts, it can be considered to be pretty good, if not clinching, evidence," sources said, adding that evidence can be called clinching only if it is form, say, of a videotape or an eyewitness. Both were missing in the Mumbai blasts case.

India, incidentally, follows the narco analysis procedure that's followed in France where the evidence collected from it is admissible in court.

Sources said that the versions given by the suspects also matched with the intercepts picked up, and then shared, by the Army's Core of Signals. "The intercepts picked up by signal intelligence played a crucial role in the investigation," sources added.

Intelligence related to the blasts were gathered by various intelligence agencies and then analysed by the Joint Intelligence Committee, which is under the National Security Council Secretariat.


First Published: Nov 08, 2006 20:18 IST