Israeli diplomat attack: India seeks Iran`s help

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 18:36

New Delhi: With investigators identifying
three Iranians as suspects in the terrorist attack on an
Israeli diplomat, India is seeking Iran`s cooperation in
bringing those involved in the dastardly attack to justice.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) refused
to draw any conclusion, saying investigations in the case are
ongoing.

"On the basis of thorough and carefully undertaken
investigations, three Iranians have been identified by the
investigating authorities as suspects in the terrorist attack
on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi on February 13, 2012,"
official spokesperson in the MEA Syed Akbaruddin said.

He said warrants of arrest against these persons have
been issued and the process of issue of red corner notices has
been initiated but maintained that "investigations in the case
are on and no conclusions can be drawn at this stage".

"We have informed the Iranian Ambassador of these
developments so as to seek the cooperation of the Iranian
authorities in bringing those involved in this dastardly
attack to justice," he said.

Earlier, City Police Commissioner B K Gupta said the
three Iranians -- Houshang Afshar Irani, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr
and Mohammadreza Abolghasemi -- had done a recce of the
Israeli Embassy earlier with the help of an Indian journalist
Syed Mohd Ahmad Kasmi (50) who was arrested on March six.
Investigators claimed they tracked Kasmi after finding
his links with one of the Iranians who was in touch with the
head of the module which carried out the attack in Bangkok.

Gupta said, "He (Kazmi) has been arrested as a
facilitator and for being a part of the conspiracy. His
questioning brought to light that he has been in contact with
persons of Iranian origin involved in the attack for some
time."

He said Kazmi has told police that he went to Iran twice
in 2011 at the instance of Syed Ali Sadr Mehdian based
in Tehran where he met Mehdian and one Mohammed Reza.

"On both the occasions he was asked to provide assistance
in India to their associates as and when required. He was paid
a sum of USD 5,500," the city police commissioner said.

Following their instructions, he said, Kazmi met Irani in
Delhi and recceed the Israeli Embassy and its surrounding
areas. "They used a Scooty procured by Irani for conducting
recee. The matter of targeting Israeli diplomats through
explosive devices was also discussed," Gupta said.

The two-wheeler, bought from Karol Bagh in the name of
Irani, was kept at Kazmi`s residence for "safe keeping and
for further use, if needed", he said.

"It must be stated that technical investigation have also
clearly established telephonic contact between Kazmi and
Irani," the official said.

Kazmi also allegedly told police that Mehdian along with
Abolghasemi Mohammad Reza and Syed Abol Fazi came to Delhi.

"Kazmi along with Mehdian and Reza receeed the Israeli
Embassy and the surrounding areas in Kazmi`s car. His
associates were specifically interested in the vehicles and
the routes used by the Israeli diplomats," Gupta said.

Asked how they could prove that Kazmi and Mehdian were
linked, Gupta said, "the return ticket of Mehdian was booked
by Kazmi and Documents to this effect has been seized from the concerned travel agency," he said.

It also came to light that Kazmi and his wife have been
receiving foreign remittances regularly and till date his wife
has received Rs 18,78,500 and Kazmi has received Rs 3.80 lakh as foreign remittances regarding which "there is no
satisfactory explanation", Gupta said.

Police have already written to Enforcement Directorate
for probing the source of foreign remittances.

Sources said two of the three Iranians, who had come to
India in February, had left the country before the attack
while one stayed back.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 18:30

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