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Delhi blasts: Terrorist confesses crime

Lone has admitted he was behind the Paharganj attack, one of three blasts.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2005 22:49 IST
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In what can lead to a major breakthrough to the pre-Diwali blasts in New Delhi, Army personnel in Doda district are believed to have acquired some vital clues from a "key suspect" who has been handed over to the Delhi Police after his arrest.

"The Army has picked up Ghulam Mohiuddin Lone of Banihal area in Doda district of Kashmir, who has confessed that he was involved in the Paharganj bomb blast in New Delhi," said Colonel DK Badola, spokesman for the Army in Jammu.

Lone was arrested following specific intelligence inputs and Rs 25,000 recovered from him, the official said on conditions of anonymity.

During the preliminary interrogation, Lone, a resident of Chapnari village in Banihal, "confessed" to his involvement in the blasts. The arrested terrorist has also given several vital clues about the explosions that killed over 60 people in the national capital on October 29.

"Keeping this in view, we have handed him over to the police for further interrogation," he said.

Sources say Lone is believed to have been involved in the 1998 massacre at Chapnari in which 23 Hindus were killed and was also actively working as a "financial coordinator" of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the area.

Sources also said Lone was close to a self-styled Lashkar commander of Batmaloo, who is being named as the main accused in planning the Delhi blasts.

Two more suspects were arrested by the Army in connection with the blasts but they were let off after interrogation as they turned out to be innocent, they said.

In Delhi, the Joint Commissioner (Special cell) Karnail Singh, who is spearheading the investigations into the blasts said that the arrested terrorist would be brought to the capital to ascertain the veracity of his claims.