New Delhi: Delhi police today claimed before
a court here that Indian Mujahideen (IM) that had allegedly
carried out serial blasts here in 2008 at the instance of its
founder now Pakistan-based Amir Raza Khan was an off-shoot of
terror outfits like SIMI, LeT and HuJI.
"Amir wanted to avenge the death of his brother Asif Raza
Khan in a police encounter in 2001. This fact was revealed in
a letter written by Aftab Ansari, facing death penalty in 2002
Kolkata`s American Centre attack case, to the widow of Asif,"
Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan said.
Mohan was putting forth the arguments before Additional
Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann on charges to be framed
against 14 suspected IM terrorists arrested so far in
connection with the serial blasts here on September 13, 2008.
The prosecutor referred to the Calcutta High Court`s
judgement -- confirming death penalty awarded to Aftab Ansari
in the American Centre attack case -- that had appreciated a
letter allegedly written by him to the wife of Asif, his
During his over an hour-long arguments, the prosecutor
narrated different events like hijack of Indian Airlines plane
to Kandahar in 1999 and subsequent release of three
terrorists and the American Centre attack of 2002 to claim
that there was meeting of minds among the conspirators at
Tihar jail here.
Several accused like Asif and Aftab had developed a nexus
and formed interested groups as they remained in prison in
others cases in 1990s, Mohan submitted.
The prosecutor claimed the police had in its possession
emails records, disclosure statements of accused, besides
intelligence inputs, to establish links between Pakistan-based
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harkat-Ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) with
Students Islamic Movements of India (SIMI) and IM.
The arguments of the prosecutor remained inconclusive and
are likely to continue tomorrow.
Meanwhile, ASJ Mann put off its order for two weeks on the
application of the Bangalore police seeking custody of two
suspected IM men Salman and Shahzad on the ground that the
matter at the court here was at a crucial stage and handing
over their custody would disrupt the proceedings.
Bangalore police wanted the custody of the duo to
investigate their alleged role in connection with M
Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in April this year.
I A Ansari, counsel for the accused, on the other hand,
claimed there was no question of their involvement as they
were in judicial custody.
The court, however, said it was not looking into the merit
of the application at the moment and kept the application
pending for two weeks.