Police claim sufficient evidence in serial blasts cases

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 19:35

New Delhi: Delhi police on Tuesday claimed to
possess sufficient evidence in the form of CCTV footage and
auto driver’s identification of an accused to initiate trial
against suspected Indian Muhahideen terrorists for their
alleged involvement in carrying out serial blasts here in
2008.
"The driver of the three-seater rickshaw, which was used
by accused Mohd Shakeel in commuting before causing the blast
at Karol Bagh, had duly identified him through his photograph.
Besides, we have CCTV footage of metro station to support our
charges," Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told Additional
Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann.

The prosecutor was putting forth rebuttal against the
arguments advanced by defence counsel with regard to framing
of charges against the suspects.

He argued the veracity of CCTV footage of metro station
from where Shakeel commuted to come back after causing the
blast at Karol Bagh in an auto rickshaw could not be
challenged because it has not been created by the
investigators.

"It is not that CCTV footage has been created by us. It is
a part of the exploration of the evidence," he submitted.

The prosecutor related the sequence of events as to how
the auto-driver, who himself was injured in the blast, came to
the office of Delhi police`s Special Cell on October 21 after
seeing Shakeel`s picture in a magazine to claim that he was
the person who left the bag containing bomb in his vehicle.
During his rebuttal arguments, Mohan also described the
role of Kayamuddin Kapadia, who was arrested by the Madhya
Pradesh police in 2008, in hatching the conspiracy to carry
out the serial blasts here on September 13, 2008, by being
constantly in touch with Atif Ameen, the alleged mastermind,
already killed in an encounter.

"Kapadia provided mobile phones to Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal
Bhatkal and was also in touch with Atif before the blasts.
Even though the phones remained unrecovered, his handwritings
have been proved on the forms filled to obtained such phones,"
he submitted. The advancing of arguments by the prosecutor
remained inconclusive and are likely to resume on December 20.

Delhi Police as well as the defence counsel had wrapped
up their arguments on the charges in the five cases registered
in connection with the blasts.

The proceedings were conducted through video conferencing
as 11 out of 14 accused are lodged in Sabarmati Jail in
Ahmedabad in connection with serial blasts in that city.

All the accused are facing charges under IPC, Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The series of blasts had claimed 26 lives and left 135
others injured in the capital.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 19:35

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