Is Delhi HC Blast Accused Dead?

Is Delhi HC Blast Accused Dead?

14 March 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police is understood to be verifying the reports whether the Delhi High Court blast accused, Junaid Akram Malik, had been gunned down by militants. Police teams have fanned out deep into the recesses of mountainous areas of Kishtwar district to nab the Hizbul Mujahideen militants who are believed to have managed their escape after a close encounter with the security forces. According to a Kashmir Media Network report, questions were being raised whether “the most wanted” accused, Junaid Akram Malik, for whose capture National Investigation Agency had announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh, was alive. He is believed to have been killed by Hizbul Mujahideen militants after the reports about his possible surrender made rounds in Kishtwar town. Quoting well placed sources, reports said police were verifying the reports emerging from reliable sources now that Malik might have been gunned down. “However, question is being asked where, in that event, his body is,” they said. Pertinently, the state police had claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough in the September 2011 Delhi High Court blast case by arresting a person who, it had alleged, had sent an email to media houses. Reports said that Malik’s brother, Wasim Akram Malik, who was doing a medical course in Bangladesh, who, after his arrest from the neighboring country, was with the NIA after being also charge sheeted in the case, was being engaged to persuade his brother to surrender before the authorities. However, reports said, for more than three weeks the communication with the relative had fallen silent. Quoting intelligence sources, reports said, both Junaid and his relative engaged in his likely surrender were believed to have been killed by Chota Hafeez-led group ofHizbul Mujahideen. Hafeez is also an accused in Delhi High Court blast along with Junaid and one Aamir Kamal. In a recent raid at Kishtwar, police had arrested Hafeez’s wife and parents-in-law. Meanwhile, security forces have launched a massive combing operation in the Marwah area of Kishtwar for the past two and a half months following inputs about militant presence there. Reports said army’s 17 Rashtriya Rifles and the special operations group of state police had launched a search operation in the Dachhan area this morning. Although there was exchange of fire between the security forces and militants, two local militants, identified as Sajjad Ahmad alias Rizwan and Muhammad Shafi, both of Hizbul Mujahideen, managed their escape. Reinforcements have been called out to intensify the combing operation to nab them. Junaid was the younger brother of Wasim and, ignoring the pleas of the state’s Home Department not to make any publicity about Junaid for fear of jeopardizing investigation, the NIA had not only announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh on him but also got his posters widely circulated in the hill district. In over 1,000 page chargesheet, the NIA had charged him with providing explosive material to two Pakistani nationals as well. Quoting a senior police official privy to the probe, reports said the case was cracked by the district police and it was mentioned that NIA should refrain from making public any conspirators as it could not only hamper the probe but also endanger the lives of the wanted people. According to reports, the NIA had requisitioned the services of two officers of the state police, including the DIG, Muneesh Sinha, and superintendent of police, BS Tuti, for a short term deputation.