Is Delhi High Court blast accused dead?

Questions are being raised on whether Junaid Akram Malik, wanted by National Investigation Agency in connection with the Delhi HC blast, is alive.

Jammu: Questions are being raised on whether
Junaid Akram Malik, wanted by National Investigation Agency
(NIA) in connection with the Delhi High Court blast, is alive.

The J&K police is verifying reports emanating from
Kishtwar town, 226 km from Jammu, that Junaid, on whom NIA has
announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh, is believed to have been
killed by his own cadre of Hizbul Mujahideen terror group
fearing that he may surrender.

"Yes, we are verifying the reports as they are emerging
from credible sources now," highly-placed sources said today.

The state police, which achieved a breakthrough in
the September Delhi High Court blast case by arresting the
accused who had sent the email to media houses, has fanned
several teams into the higher reaches for verifying the
reports, the sources said.

In a discreet operation, a kin of Junaid, whose medico
brother Wasim Akram Malik was arrested from Bangladesh after a
probe by the state police, was engaged in pursuing the accused
to surrender.

However, it has been more than three weeks that the
communication with the kin has fallen silent as well and there
was no mention about Junaid in the intercepts, the sources said.

Based on intelligence provided by local sources, both
Junaid and the kin roped in for his surrender are believed to
have been killed by Chota Hafeez, a Hizbul Mujahideen
terrorist and also an accused in Delhi High Court blast.

Junaid was the younger brother of Wasim and NIA had
announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh on him. In its over 1,000
page chargesheet, the NIA had charged him with providing
explosive material to two Pakistani nationals as well.

J&K Home Department had also warned NIA from making
any publicity about Junaid but the central agency ignored the
repeated pleas of the state police and not only published the
pictures in newspapers but also pasted posters in Kishtwar
town, the sources said.

A senior state police official, associated with the
probe, said the case was cracked by the district police and it
was mentioned that NIA should refrain from making public any
conspirators as it could not only hamper the probe but also
endanger the lives of the wanted people.

NIA, after failing to make much headway, had requested
two officers including Deputy Inspector General of Police
Muneesh Sinha and Superintendent of Police B S Tuti on short
term deputation to the central organisation.

NIA Chief SC Sinha had sent the request to Director
General of J&K Police Kuldeep Khoda who deputed Sinha for
three weeks during which other accused were arrested in the


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