Escape of Pak ultras: Police question 2, announce rewards

Last Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 21:27

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday questioned two
persons, including one of its men, even as it failed to
apprehend the three Pakistani nationals who escaped from here
and announced a reward of Rs 150,000 for anyone providing
information leading to the arrest.

The police also released the pictures of the trio for
identification.

A team of the Special Branch quizzed quizzed a Delhi
Police sub inspector who was escorting Abdul Razzak, Mohammed
Sadiq and Rafaqat Ali after their check-up at Guru Nanak Eye
Hospital.

Police sources said the owner of a restaurant near Jama
Masjid, where the three Pakistanis had lunch before escaping
from there on Friday, for two days.

The trio were arrested in connection with blasts near
the Red Fort nine years ago and were to be deported to
Pakistan as they had completed their jail term.

"We have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 each for
providing information on the three Pakistanis. We have also
released their pictures," a senior police official said.

The three were arrested on October 30, 2000, from Rohtak
and Delhi along with five other Pakistani nationals and a huge
quantity of arms and ammunition, including 17 kg of high-grade
RDX as well as 50 kg of heroin, were recovered from them.

Sadiq, 55, a resident of Sabajpur, Sialkot and Rafaqat
Ali alias Pappu, 55, hailing from Batapur, Lahore, were
convicted for waging war against the state, attempt to murder,
conspiracy as also under the Explosives Act and Arms Act.

Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna ordered a magisterial
inquiry into the escape of the three Pakistani terrorists.

"The magisterial probe will examine all the aspects of
the incident, including the lapses on the parts of the
authorities," a top official said.

The inquiry will be conducted by the Deputy Commissioner
(Revenue) of the North-West Delhi district D Yadav.

Meanwhile, Union Home Ministry sought a report from
Delhi police and the FRRO on the three Pakistanis who escaped
while being escorted to a city hospital.

According to sources, the ministry also asked for
steps to ensure enhanced security arrangements for both the
detention centre as well as the transit custody of foreigners
who are on the deportation list.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 21:27

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