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29/10 bomber gunned down?

Abu Rashid, man who planted RDX at Sarojini Nagar market on Oct 29, has been reportedly shot dead in Kashmir.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 01:55 IST

Abu Rashid, the man who planted the RDX at Sarojini Nagar market on October 29, has been reportedly shot dead in Kashmir. The Intelligence Bureau is confident that the militant killed in an encounter with the army in December was the Sarojini Nagar bomber.

The biggest challenge before security agencies after the blast was to get the bombers, two of whom were suspected to be Pakistani nationals and were said to have crossed over to Pakistan immediately after the blasts.

Over 65 people had died and over 200 were injured in the serial explosions. “The blast in Sarojini Nagar alone claimed nearly 40 lives and hence getting the bomber was all the more important,” a source said.

“Rashid had crossed the border along with Abu Mansoor, the man who planted explosives in Paharganj, immediately after the blast. We were waiting for him to come back. Once the dust settled down, Rashid was back in Kashmir in December,” the source said.

Security agencies, which had long been waiting for him, were able to track down his location, which was immediately passed over to the army. Rashid was shot dead in a fierce encounter by the army after he refused to surrender.

Rashid was a Pakistani national. A Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative, he had gone through the toughest training courses in Lashkar camps in PoK.

He had a meteoric rise in Lashkar and soon became the head of operations for Sopore, sources said.

A Delhi Police team arrested Mohammed Rafiq Shah, the Govindpuri bomber, on November 22. Tariq Dar and Mohammed Rafiq Shah, had revealed in their narco-analysis and brain mapping tests conducted at the Bangalore Forensic Science Laboratory, that Rashid had planted the bomb in Sarojini Nagar while Mansoor had planted the Paharganj bomb.

The Delhi Police chargesheet in the Sarojini Nagar case states that on the directions of Abu Huzefa, an Let commander, Dar had met Rashid, Mansoor, Sajjad and Salfi, (both hailing from PoK) in a house in Srinagar’s Talbal area.

Rafiq Shah and some other operatives were also present in the meeting where the conspiracy to blow up Delhi markets was given final touches.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 01:55 IST