Kishtwar student turns out to be main conspirator in blast

Kishtwar student turns out to be main conspirator in blast

22 September 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Hafiz Aamir Abbas Dev, a 19 year old BA Part-I student of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Kishtwar Study Centre, has turned out to be a conspirator of blast outside Delhi High Court on September 7 in which 15 persons were killed and over 80 others were injured. Dev, son of a petition writer Mohammad Abbas Dev R-o Degree College Mohalla, Kishtwar, was arrested on September 16, two days after the questioning of two email senders-Shariq Ahmed, 18, son of Rafiq Ahmed Bhat R-o Kishtwar town and Abid Hussain, 18, son of Attaullah R-o Pranu, presently putting up at Kishtwar. Shariq and Abid were 11th class students of Islamiya Faridia higher secondary school, Kishtwar. Official sources said Dev and Abid were produced by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) before Special NIA Judge HS Sharma in New Delhi this afternoon after they were shifted to the capital from Kishtwar yesterday on a transit remand by a NIA team headed by DIG Mukesh Singh, Incharge Delhi blast investigations. While Abid was remanded to NIA custody till October 5, Dev was sent to judicial lock-up till tomorrow in the absence of his Advocate. He would again be produced before the NIA court tomorrow for taking his remand for sustained scientific questioning to ascertain identity of other accused involved in the blast. The NIA produced Dev in the court with his face covered. Sources said Dev was one of the terrorists, who had conducted bomb blast between Gate No. 4 and 5 of the Delhi High Court. ‘‘He (Dev) is one of the main conspirator and needs to be interrogated thoroughly to trace out complexity in this terrorist crime as his other associates are also involved in this act and conspiracy', sources said. The NIA has requested the NIA court for in-camera proceedings of the case. The Judge conceded the request and allowed only Advocate and NIA officials in the court asking all others including scribes to vacate the court. In a significant development, Abid Hussain told the court that he was a major and didn’t need a lawyer to defend himself. He said his father has recorded wrong date of birth in his school record. Sources confirmed that Dev, who had given text of email to Shariq and Abid three days before the blast, was one of the masterminds of the terror strike in the heart of Union capital on September 7. A total of four to six persons were involved in entire conspiracy of the blast including fabricating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planting it outside the Delhi High Court and detonating it. Though Dev continued to change the statements, sources said all accused hailed from within the country. Barring one, all others were teen-agers or youth. Some of them could be hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. Sources said Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI) cadre lured Dev into militancy during one of his trips to Hyderabad for visiting Maulana Azad National Urdu University for pursuing his Graduation through University's Kishtwar Study Centre as he had failed twice in higher secondary part-II examination from State Board of School Education (BOSE). They added that though Dev might not be aware of all militants involved in the blast, he knew at least one or two of them and that is why he has been shifted to New Delhi along with other accused for sustained questioning. However, the NIA had to wait for a day for his interrogation as he was sent to judicial lock-up. Sources said the NIA would like to take remand of Dev tomorrow from the Special Judge NIA court. According to sources, Dev might have been supplied text of the mail while conspiracy of the blast was hatched by the militants and asked to proceed to Kishtwar for delivering it to students for sending the mail to news channels claiming responsibility of the blast. They said they were examining the possibility that Dev had left Kishtwar after handing over text of the email to Shariq and Abid and camped in New Delhi along with other accused for executing the blast. He again returned to Kishtwar. Sources said Dev didn't go underground like Shariq and Abid hoping that police would find it difficult to link the clues and reach to him. They added that there was a definite possibility of one or two more students or youth of Kishtwar having been involved in the blast. The questioning of Dev could give more clues. Asserting that Dev has turned out to be a very crucial link in Delhi High Court blast, sources said the NIA was anticipating very vital clues during his interrogation. He could also be subjected to scientific tests like brain-mapping, narco analysis and lie detector etc. Sources said youths from the States, which earlier had presence of HuJI outfit, could also be linked to the blast. In this connection, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh was also on NIA radar. The HuJI outfit had owned a couple of blasts in Hyderabad. While Dev has been charged with executing the blast, Shariq Ahmed and Abid Hussain have been charged with sending the mail from Global Cyber CafĂ© to media houses few hours after the blast. While one of them sent the mail, other was privy to it, sources said, adding both of them were present in Terminal No. 2 of the cafĂ© from where the terror email had been sent. They had generated the account harkat-uljihadi2011@gmail.com on spot before sending the mail. The text of the email sent by them read as 'we own responsibility of the blast at the High Court, Delhi. Our demand is that Afzal Guru's death sentence should be repealed immediately as we would target major High Courts and the Supreme Court of India'. Afzal Guru is on death row in Parliament attack case. The Union Home Ministry had written to President Pratibha Patil recently rejecting mercy petition of Afzal Guru, who hailed from Kashmir. A case under Sections 120-B IPC (criminal conspiracy), 153-A IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 134-A IPC (attack on Government servant on duty) 66 Information Technology Act and 13 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act has been registered against the accused by the NIA.


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