Govt orders probe into fugitive list goof-up
Wazhul Kamar Khan, who figured in India`s most wanted list, is actually living in Mumbai.
New Delhi: Hours after it came to light that one of the fugitives who figured in India`s most wanted list handed over to Pakistan recently, was actually living in Mumbai, an embarrassed Central government has ordered a probe into how the goof-up happened.
Wazhul Kamar Khan’s name figured in the 50 most wanted fugitives’ list which the Indian government handed over to Pakistan shortly after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a US covert operation near Islamabad.
The move was aimed at increasing the pressure on Pakistan to hand over fugitives wanted by India, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, amidst international criticism of Islamabad for failing to have tracked Laden.
However, the revelation about Wazhul Kamar Khan has brought embarrassment for the government.
Khan, who was arrested last year for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts, was found to be living in the Mumbai suburb of Thane.
The government inquiry will focus on how Khan’s name found its way to the list.
Official sources said the inquiry will cover the whole process of preparing the list of 50 most wanted fugitives at different stages and pin-point the officials responsible in including the name of Wazhul Kamar Khan.
"It could have been a cut and paste job at some stage. We will find out who is responsible for it," a source said.
Khan`s name is at number 41 in the list of 50 fugitives. The list of most wanted fugitives, which was given to Pakistan at the Home Secretary level talks in March, has names of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi besides others.
The Home Ministry is also seeking a report from the Maharashtra Police about the status of Khan`s case and his current location.
The list was prepared in consultation with Maharashtra Police, National Investigation Agency and Central Bureau of Investigation.
Khan has been living in Mumbai suburb Thane`s Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let off on bail, police sources said.
He was also involved in the 2003 Vile-Parle and Ghatkopar blasts besides the 2002 Mumbai Central station blasts.
The Vile Parle, Mulund and Ghatpokar cases have been clubbed together and the trial is yet to begin, the sources said.
(With PTI inputs)