Delhi HC blast: 5 detained; Rs 5L reward announced

Last Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 23:49

New Delhi: Investigators Thursday detained
five people including a cybercafe owner in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
and questioned another hailing from Bihar as they groped for
definite leads into the briefcase bomb blast outside Delhi
High Court which has left 13 dead.

After HuJI claimed responsibility for yesterday`s terror
attack, Indian Mujahideen(IM) in an email today to media
houses purportedly sent by the group made a similar claim
perplexing probe agencies which did not rule out a prank. IM
claimed HuJI had no role to play in the blast.

Investigators traced yesterday`s email of Bangladesh-
based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami(HuJI) to a
cybercafe in Kishtwar in J&K and detained for questioning
its owner Mehmood Khawja, his brother Majid, their domestic
help Ashwani and two others.
The death toll in the blast that ripped through the
reception complex meanwhile rose to 13. Pramod Kumar (40), a
resident of west Delhi`s Hari Nagar, breathed his last at
around 3 AM while P Patra (58), a resident of South Delhi`s
Lodhi Colony died at 8.30 PM at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital,
hospital and police officials said.

The Delhi High Court decided to beef up its security by
installing 49 more CCTV cameras, besides the existing 21, at
various strategic locations in and around the court premises
within three weeks.

A high-level meeting at the High Court, attended by
senior officials, including the Chief Secretary of Delhi
Government and the Special Police Commissioner (Law and
Order), decided to step up security by also installing four
vehicles` scanners at entry points of the court complex.

"We are investigating the email link from Kishtwar
district in connection with the Delhi blast," J& K DGP
Kuldeep Khoda said in Jammu.

The mail from IM was purportedly written by "Chotoo" and
sent from "chotoominani5@gmail.com". The mail was received by
the media houses at 12:37 PM today.
"We are examining the email received by the media
houses..about its authenticity and veracity and (we are)
taking it seriously," Secretary (Internal Security) in the
Home Ministry U K Bansal told reporters.

Bansal also said that some information indicating a
Kashmir link with yesterday`s HuJI mail are being pursued with
the help of J&K police.

Security agencies including National Investigation
Agency (NIA) are also looking into the IM email but serious
apprehensions were being raised whether this was a genuine
mail or a prank being played by somebody.

NIA also announced a reward of Rs five lakh for anyone providing clues about the blast.
A man from Patna who was arrested on charges of using a
stolen ATM card, is being interrogated by the joint team led
by NIA here in connection with the blast probe.

Another person was detained at the Srinagar airport on
his return from New Delhi following an input received from a
defence intelligence agency about a conversation he had made
on September five.
The man had spoken to his brother in the national capital
and stated that the work would be done by 11 AM on September
seven and that he was reaching on September six and returning
on September eight after finishing the work, official sources
said.

They said the conversation was picked up by a Defence
Intelligence Agency who informed the central security agencies
after the Delhi blast.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 14:23

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