New Delhi: Even as the investigating agencies grope in the dark about crucial leads pertaining to Delhi High Court blast, Pakistan’s links to the incident have come to fore on Wednesday.
As per reports, a Noida-based boy, identified as Neeraj, had received a phone call from an unknown caller from Pakistan on August 17 suggesting that a blast was imminent in Delhi in the near future.
The caller didn’t divulge more details about his location but stressed that vital installations in Delhi would be blown at a chosen time.
The boy, who lives in Bhangel area of Noida, immediately passed this information to the Noida Police Control, which later passed it to its superior officers and Delhi Police.
The boy himself tried to verify the veracity of the phone call (number – 923453367472), which was later traced to a military camp located in Islamabad.
This was confirmed by Anant Dev, SP City Noida, who said, “A boy identified as Neeraj received a phone call from an unknown location about a possible bomb blast in Delhi. The boy claimed that the call was made from Pakistan. We had passed this information to concerned officers for further verification.”
Unfortunately, no deliberate attempts were made on the part of the investigating agencies to verify the authenticity of the phone call and the matter was pushed to the back burner.
However, with the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) claiming responsibility for today’s blast, the needle of suspicion has once again turned to the neighbouring country.
Lending credence to the involvement of Pakistan-based elements, HuJI today sent an email claiming responsibility for the blast outside Delhi High Court this morning.
“We own the responsibility for today's blasts at Delhi High Court. Our demand is that Mohammed Afzal Guru's death sentence should be repealed immediately else we would target major High Courts and the Supreme Court of India," the email sent by HuJI said.
A 20-member team led by the National Investigations Agency (NIA) is examining the email sent by HuJI.
Reacting to HuJI’s e-mail, NIA chief SK Sinha said the mail sent is being looked at since HuJI was involved in the Mumbai blasts too.
HuJI's hand is suspected in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack at Chabad House in Colaba.
At least eleven people were killed and over sixty others injured when a high-intensity blast went off outside the Gate number 5 of the Delhi High Court.
First Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 17:04