Breakthrough likely in Delhi blast case

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Old 20-Oct-2011
Breakthrough likely in Delhi blast case

New Delhi With the recovery of three mobile phones on Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is on the verge of solving last month's Delhi blast case.

An NIA team took possession of two mobile phones from Jammu and one from Kishtwar town along with some documents. The three mobile phones are likely to provide vital clues that can lead to a major breakthrough in the case.

The mobile phones belonged to Wasim Ahmad, a Kishtwar resident who is studying medicine in Bangladesh.

He is a prime suspect in the September 7 blast outside the Delhi High Court.

Ahmad was arrested at the India-Bangladesh border while trying to sneak out of the country after the NIA picked up three persons in connection with the case. One of them has already been let off after questioning.

Meanwhile, the NIA has come to the conclusion that the Delhi blast was not carried out by the Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami (HuJI), a group that had claimed responsibility through an e-mail sent the next day after the blast to media houses. Their finger of suspicion now points to the Pakistan-based outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

Ahmad was arrested after NIA grilled one Azhar Ali of Hizbul Mujahideen who is lodged in a Jammu jail since 2009. Ali had recruited Ahmad to work for Hizbul Mujahideen and had sent him to Pakistan administered Kashmir for training.

Delhi Police are also probing the link between the seizure of five kg of RDX from a car in Haryana's Ambala town last week and the Delhi High Court blast.

The RDX and detonators were on their way to Delhi when the car was seized. Police are trying to find out if some more consignments of RDX may have reached Delhi since their past experience has shown that normally nothing less than 20 kg of explosives are sent in one batch.

With festival of lights, Diwali, falling on Monday, the markets are getting crowded with shoppers. Security in all markets has been beefed up to prevent any untoward incidents.

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