Escape of Pak ultras: Police question 2, announce rewards
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 03, 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.


First Published: Sunday, January 03, 2010, 21:27

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