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‘Team of 23 executed Sept 13 blasts’

Apart from the thirteen members of IM who planted bombs at different places in Delhi on September 13, there were 10 others who helped them with logistical support. A report by Vijaita Singh.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2008 23:47 IST
Vijaita Singh

Apart from the thirteen members of Indian Mujahideen (IM) who planted bombs at different places in Delhi on September 13, there were 10 others who helped them with logistical support in causing the blasts.

The police said a module of 23 members of the IM perpetrated the serial blasts in the capital that claimed 25 lives. The module consisted of thirteen bombers and ten others.

The Special Cell of Delhi probing the serial blasts case said they are on the lookout for 16 people, including the six bombers who are absconding.

On September 19, a week after the blasts, the Special Cell killed to alleged bombers — Atif Amin (24) and Mohammad Sajid (19) — in an encounter in Jamia Nagar. An alleged bomber Mohammad Saif (22) was arrested from the hideout the same day. A day later, the south district police arrested Zia-ur-Rehman (22), Saqib Nissar (23) and Mohammad Shakeel (24). Another bomber identified as Arif Qadir was arrested by UP Police on September 30.

The bombers who are still on the run have been identified as Mohammad Sajid, Shadaab alias Malik, Shehzaad alias Pappu, Salman, Ariz Khan alias Junaid and Mohammad Khalid.

The Special Cell will file a chargesheet in a city court on Wednesday.

“Atif Amin was the mastermind of the Delhi module of the IM. He was a former miember of the banned outfit SIMI. He had been trained at a camp run by Lashkar-e-Tayyeba in Pakistan. He was acting at the behest of Riyaz Bhatkal, the head of IM,” said police.

They were also involved in serial blasts at Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The explosives for the Delhi blasts were procured from Karnataka.

From their hideout at Batla House, the police recovered two laptops, one pen drive, videocassettes and 42 CDs. The laptops contained the photographs of the car and the explosives used in the Ahmedabad blasts.

The police had also seized ball bearings, electronic watches, multimetre, screwdriver kits, besides wire and wax used for preparing the bombs.

They said it was Atif who had visited the blast sites — Gaffar Market, Regal Cinema, Children's Park, Barakhamba Road, Central Park and M Block market GK-I, two days prior to the blasts.

It was Mohammad Shakeel (arrested) who planted the bomb at Gaffar Market where 20 of the 25 people were killed on September 13.