Kishtwar Medico arrested for Delhi blast

Kishtwar Medico arrested for Delhi blast

7 October 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: In third major arrest in Delhi High Court blast, made exactly after a month of investigations, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) today arrested a Medical student of Kishtwar, who was pursuing studies at Dhaka, Bangladesh from New Delhi soon after he alighted from a flight at IGI airport in the capital. Wasim Akram Malik son of Reyaz-ul-Hassan Malik, Private Secretary to Chief Engineer of National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC), originally a resident of Bani but presently settled at Giri Nagar, Dugga in Kishtwar, was arrested following clues gathered during investigations by the NIA that he was a key conspirator in the blast along with his brother, Junaid Akram Malik, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, who was absconding. Official sources told the Excelsior that Malik brothers (both Wasim and Junaid) have turned out to be major accused in the blast outside Delhi High Court on September 7 that killed 15 persons and injured over 80 others. Wasim was studying Unani Medicines in a private college at Dhaka, Bangladesh for last four years and was reported to have paid a visit to New Delhi and Kishtwar during which a conspiracy to execute the terror attack was hatched. Wasim was said to be in touch with the militants of both Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI), headquartered at Bangladesh and Hizbul Mujahideen from Pakistan, who were frequent visitors to Dhaka. Sources said Junaid Akram Malik was also in touch with Hizbul Mujahideen militants based in Pakistan from Kishtwar after he was given the rank of commander by the outfit. Malik was reported to have transported explosives and other infrastructure to New Delhi from Kishtwar for fabricating and planting the IED with the help of his brother, Wasim and some other associates. Junaid was the major link in the blast, who was missing. While Intelligence agencies believed that Junaid could be hiding in inaccessible heights of Kishtwar after executing the blast, some agencies indicated that he might have left Kishtwar and proceeded to the Kashmir valley in some safe hideouts. The NIA teams had recently quizzed Azhar Ali, a supplier of SIM cards to militants including Junaid Malik, Hafiz Aamir Abbas Dev and Abid Hussain in high security Kot Bhalwal jail and Jehangir Bhatt alias Chacha of Saroor, Kishtwar. Though Azhar and Chacha might not be linked to the blast, they were well known to Malik brothers. Junaid, in fact, was driven from his fatherís Bhatindi residence in Jammu to Kishtwar in a TATA Sumo by Azhar in a Scorpio for which Hizbul militant, Aamir Kamalís mother had made payment. Azhar had handed over Junaid to Chacha, who had taken him to Kishtwarís heights for arms training. An attempt was made by Junaidís family to win over him back into normal life but the efforts didnít materialize and soon Junaid joined top hierarchy of the HM outfit. Junaid was reported to have executed the blast outside Delhi High Court at the behest of his outfitís commanders based in Pakistan and PoK. For the purpose, he had taken the services of his brother Wasim Akram, who was taken on 14 days remand by the NIA today from Special NIA Judge HS Sharma in New Delhi. Sources said either it was Junaid, who transported explosives to New Delhi from Kishtwar or the material could have been fabricated at New Delhi and planted outside the High Court by Wasim Akram when he was in India. Wasim was reported to have returned to Dhaka after the blast while there was no trace of Junaid. Junaid was reported to have been very tactfully called to New Delhi from Dhaka by the NIA with the help of some of his family members, sources said declining to elaborate. He was arrested as soon as he landed at the IGI Airport from Dhaka, where he was studying Unani Medicines for last more than four years. Wasim had fallen into trap of the militants in Dhaka, the headquarters of HuJI and frequented by Hizbul Mujahideen cadre from Pakistan. Dhaka-West Bengal-New Delhi route is also being used by the militants quite often to travel to this side or smuggle weapons and fake currency. Soon after his arrest, the NIA today produced Wasim Akram before Special NIA Judge HS Sharma in New Delhi. The court granted Wasim to 14 days NIA custody for interrogation to ascertain details about the Delhi blast. Wasim Akram was third student of Kishtwar to be arrested in connection with the Delhi blast. Prior to him, NIA had arrested Hafiz Aamir Abbas Dev, a BA Part-I student from Moulana Azad National University Hyderabadís Kishtwar Study Centre and Abid Hussain, an 11th class student of Islamia Faridia higher secondary school, Kishtwar. While Dev was linked to the blast, Abid had sent terror email to two national English news channels from Global Cyber Caf√© on September 7 afternoon few hours after the blast claiming responsibility for it on behalf of HuJI outfit. Azhar Ali was interrogated in Kot Bhalwal jail but not arrested. Similarly, Chacha has also been quizzed but not arrested so far, sources said. During in-camera proceedings in the Special NIA court, Wasim Malik refused to accept legal assistance at the State expense but undertook to cooperate in the investigation, sources said. Meanwhile, in another turn of events, the Special Court sent co-accused Abid Hussain to Juvenile Justice Board after his medical reports showed that he was a minor. Hussain had earlier told the court that he was born in 1994 and a major and that his official records did not carry his actual date of birth. Sources said Hussain also told the judge that he is not sure of the date and month of his birth. Earlier, during the day, the court remanded co-accused Aamir Abbas Dev in seven-day NIA custody. His custody has been extended till October 14. Special NIA Judge H S Sharma extended Devís custody by seven days after the investigating agency told the court that it needed more time for his custodial interrogation. It also told the court during the in-camera proceedings that Dev was needed to be confronted with the statements of the other co-accused. Dev was brought to Delhi on September 21 along with his co-accused Abid Hussain following their arrest at Kishtwar, Jammu Kashmir. The NIA had in its remand application earlier told the court that besides sending terror mails to media houses, Dev was one of the terrorists who had conducted the bomb blast between gate number 4 and 5 of the Delhi High Court. Dev and Hussain have been booked under various provisions of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act, dealing with conspiracy, murder, attempt to kill, causing hurt and using explosives. Meanwhile, maintaining that their medico son is 'innocent', parents of Waseem Akram Malik today said they have handed him over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi after bringing him back from Bangladesh. 'I was informed by the NIA that Waseem Akram Malik is required for questioning (in connection with the Delhi High Court blast case) and in this connection NIA has given a letter to me,' Waseemís father Reyaz-ul-Hassan Malik told a news agency from New Delhi. 'I arranged the telephonic talk of my son (Waseem) with NIA officer, after that I arranged my sonís return (from Dhaka) to the country and at Delhi Airport I and my wife handed over our son to NIA for questioning,' Hassan said. Reyaz-ul-Hassan said his son is innocent and on September 7 (the day of the blast) Waseem was in Jammu, and had drawn the cash from ATM and made shopping in various malls where CCTV cameras are present and the footage can be assessed to prove his presence in Jammu. 'My son is innocent and has nothing to do with Delhi blast case,' he said.


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