New Delhi: Expanding its probe in the Delhi
High Court blast, a National Investigating Agency(NIA) team
went to Bangladesh to question some students from Kishtwar in
Kashmir valley studying in a medical college to ferret out
details about their arrested college mate.
The NIA team quietly left for Dhaka recently and has
been quizzing some of the Kashmiri students studying in
Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College and Hospital at Sylhet,
near Dhaka, sources in the know said today.
The NIA team has so far questioned two students including
a girl, both hailing from Kishtwar, about the conduct of Wasim
Akram, who is at present in NIA custody for 14 days.
Both students have been let off after the NIA team, which
was provided assistance by the Bangladesh authorities, found
nothing to back their investigation, the sources said.
As the NIA probe so far indicates that it was looking for
a youth identified as Junaid Akram in connection with the
September 7 blast, the agency was apparently unaware that his
kidnapping report had been registered in a Kishtwar police
station where the blame had been put on an alleged Hizbul
Mujahideen conduit Azhar Ali.
In a related development, Wasim`s arrest has been decried
by his family members who said he was being made a scapegoat
whereas he had no role to play in the blasts.
Wasim was allegedly linked to Junaid, whom NIA claimed to
have received training in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), a
charge rebutted by his father-- Reyaz Malik-- who said that it
was nothing but a bunch of lies being spread about his sons.
Narrating the incident, he said his son had gone missing
last year in August after appearing in his matriculation exams
and said that his date of birth was May five, 1995.
He also narrated that it was surprising that while they
had lodged an FIR about him going missing in the Kishtwar
police station, his son was being labelled as terrorist.
However, he said that it was an act of vengeance being
orchestrated by Hizb conduit Azhar Ali, whose family had been
their tenant in Kishtwar.
Malik said that he had asked Ali and his family members
to leave his house after his activities were found to
"I was the person who made his arrest possible for police
and now my own children are being labelled as terrorists," he
Malik said that his elder son Wasim, who has been
studying in Bangladesh since 2006, had come to his home after
a gap of 17 months on August 31 this year.
After spending some days with the family, he had left for
Dhaka but spent three days in Jammu with his friends and
"On September six, Wasim withdrew money from ATM, on
September seven, he was challaned by Jammu Traffic Police for
driving without helmet and on September eight, he again
withdrew money for making some purchase as he had to leave for
Dhaka on September nine," Malik said, adding, all this is
available and NIA can verify it.
Moresover, the claims of NIA about involvement of Junaid
in the blasts were being contested by local police and
security agencies who said that there were no inputs about
Junaid`s links in any terror activities and at best he could
be termed as a brainwashed student but that too had not been