Delhi HC blast: Confessions of accused recorded

Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 18:17

New Delhi: Two of the three accused arrested
by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) in the Delhi High
Court blast have recorded their confessional statements in
which they reportedly said they were involved in the
conspiracy.

Sources privy to the probe said today that Abid Hussain
and Hafiz Aamir Abbas Dev recorded their confessional
statement before a magistrate recently in which they are
believed to have owned up the responsibility for drafting and
sending an email after the blast in which they claimed
responsibility for the audacious attack.

The blast outside Delhi High Court on September seven in
which 15 people were killed was the first case handed over to
the NIA immediately after an incident before local police
could step in.

One of the two has stated in his confessional statement
that Wasim Akram Malik, a Kishtawar resident studying medicine
in a Bangladesh college, had handed over the mail two days in
advance and also introduced them to the "bombers" who looked
like Pakistanis or Bangladeshis, the sources said.

There were some indications about who had planted the
bomb but there was no linking evidence, the sources said,
adding, therefore, the probe agency was pushing to get
another confessional statement from the third accused.

However, crucial questions remained about how the
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was procured and who
conducted the reconnaissance.

Questions also remained on from where the sophisticated
briefcase bomb was procured and how it was transported to the
national capital.

The NIA theories about involvement of Junaid Akram Malik
and two others -- Shakir Hussain Sheikh and Amir Ali Kamal --
meanwhile are apparently nto finding any takers in the
security establishment including the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
NIA has announced Rs 10 lakh each for information leading to
their arrest.

While Junaid is not a trained militant, other two have
neither figured in any of the interrogation reports of other
militants for long nor have they been active, the sources
said.

The last call made by Junaid, whom his family claims to
have been kidnapped by militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, was
made from Dachhan area of Kishtawar and after that he has
never figured on the net.

After a month`s probe, the NIA team has pieced together
the stay of Wasim during his earlier stay in Jammu and during
the period when blast took place.

In the meantime, the parents of Wasim Akram Malik --
Reyaz Malik and his wife Shameema, who were summoned by NIA
sleuths on October 17, have alleged that their son was being
"pressured" to own the responsibility for the incident.

"We last spoke to Wasim on October 19 when NIA officials
made him to talk to his mother. In that brief conversation,
our son told us that the policemen accompanying him had
promised his migration to Jammu college only if he accepted
the knowledge of the blast," Malik, a J and K Government
employee, had said.

"Our son also told us that NIA officials wanted to pin
the entire blame on his 16-year-old younger brother Junaid
Akram who is missing for past one year," he said, adding that
their son was being promised migration to Jammu Medical
College if he pinned the blame on others including his younger
brother.

Wasim`s mother -- Shameema -- said her family had all
along suffered because of militancy. "It seems now they are
taking revenge. We got Azhar Ali arrested and one finds it
surprising that they (NIA) is having more trust on Ali`s
statement rather than ours."

She said that her family was in for a through probe into
the incident "but for God`s sake let no one make a biased
opinion. It seems NIA is only interested in hushing up the
case as soon as possible."

The mother said while the family was unaware about the
welfare of their younger son, who is being suspected as
another mastermind in the case, NIA was making it sure that
the career of their elder son was also jeopardised.

"My appeal is for justice and nothing else. And my
question to the Government is that are they not making a
militant out of my son," she added.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 18:17

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