Gujarat police join in hunt for Tauqir

Updated on Sep 15, 2008 08:56 PM IST

The two teams of Gujarat police reached the national capital today to nab Abdul Suban Tauqir, a software engineer and suspected to be the mastermind behind the atacks.

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IANS | By, Ahmedabad

Underlining the similarities between Saturday's serial bombings in New Delhi and the July 26 explosions in Ahmedabad, the Gujarat police on Monday joined in the efforts to nab Abdul Suban Tauqir, a software engineer and suspected to be the mastermind behind the atacks.

Two teams of Gujarat police, one led by an assistant commissioner of police and a police inspector of the crime branch and an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) team headed by Deputy Inspector General Ajay Tomar, reached the national capital on Monday.

"Yes, the Delhi blasts look similar to the Ahmedabad blasts," Tomar told IANS from New Delhi on telephone.

"Yes, we want Tauqir who could help in the investigations," is all he would say and refused to go into specifics.

A top crime branch official, who reached New Delhi in the morning, said: "Everything is common between the New Delhi and Ahmedabad blasts. We are looking for Tauqir and Qayamuddin who could take us to the root of the conspiracy though there are still three to four more persons we wish to investigate."

All these men are linked to the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), added the official, not wishing to be quoted.

Tauqir is suspected to have sent the emails on behalf of Indian Mujahideen, timed with the blasts in Ahmedabad and New Delhi, claiming responsibility for the terror attacks. His name came up during the Gujarat police interrogation of Abu Bashir, said to be an architect of the Ahmedabad blasts.

Bashir told police that Tauqir is based in Mumbai and has a fetish of writing long emails. Taquir’s name also came up reportedly during the interrogation of Shahbaz Hussain, arrested last month for the May 13 Jaipur serial blasts.

Qayamuddin, a resident of Vadodara, had conducted a number of meetings in the city to plan the terror attacks. He had stayed in Ahmedabad for over a month prior to the serial blasts, according to police sources.

Police also say that Qayamuddin was also present at the terror training camps of Kerala and Halol in Gujarat.

Both Tauqir and Kayamuddin are absconding.

Meanwhile, a two-member team of Delhi Police arrived here to get information on four absconders, a crime branch official in Ahmedabad said on condition of anonymity.

He said the team was inquiring about the background of the four people, identified as Alam, Afridi, Rakuib and Mujib, said to be residents of Ahmedabad. They are suspected to be foot soldiers and their arrest could help reach their masters, he said.

However, Ahmedabad Joint Commissioner of Police Ashish Bhatia said: "No Delhi Police team has come here in the past one or two days. They had come Ahmedabad in the past but not now. Our team has gone there (New Delhi).

"Yes, we are sharing information with them and we thought it would be better to share with them personally," Bhatia told IANS.

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