Delhi Blast: Detentions In Kishtwar, Alwar, Mumbai11 September 2011
The Indian Express
New Delhi: As investigators probed links in Wednesday’s Delhi High Court blast, there were reports of more people being picked up for questioning in Kishtwar as well as detentions in Lucknow and Jaipur. Over a dozen students who used to visit Global Internet Café in Kishtwar, to which one of the emails claiming responsibility for the blasts was traced, were on Saturday brought in by police for questioning. All except four - Sanjay Sharma, Sunny Sharma, Rajinder Kumar and Ashiq Hussain - were let off later. The Rajasthan Police detained two Jammu and Kashmir residents from Alwar district on Saturday after locals informed the authorities that they resembled the sketches released by the Delhi Police of suspects in the blasts. In Mumbai, four former district unit chiefs of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India, hailing from different districts of Uttar Pradesh, were reportedly picked up for interrogation. The Mumbai ATS detained them following a tip-off from the Intelligence Bureau (IB). In Kishtwar, the number of suspects in custody has reached six. While college student Mohammad Shohaib and café manager Ashwani Kumar have been detained, café owner Khwaja Mehmood Aziz and his brother Khalid are being questioned but have not been detained. The police teams, however, do not yet have any conclusive leads on who sent the email. There is also some discrepancy over the time the mail was sent and when it was received. Of the detentions in Rajasthan, Range IGP Rajiv Dasot said the two men, aged 45 and 35, were honeybee farmers from Anantnag and weren’t suspected of involvement in the blast. “Locals in Kishengarh Bas informed the police on Saturday that two men from J&K were looking for lodging in a dharamshala and resembled sketches of those suspected in the Delhi HC blast,” Dasot said. Alwar Additional Superintendent of Police Mahendra Kumar Hingonia said the Anantnag police had verified their antecedents. “However, we are awaiting more verification,” said Hingonia. Those picked up in Mumbai include Abdul Azeem of Bansi area in Siddhartha Nagar district, Khaleeque Ahmad of Nanpara in Bahraich, Humam Ahmad of Sultanpur and Muhammad Yahya of Bahraich city - all in Uttar Pradesh. A senior ATS official said that the four of them came to Mumbai after SIMI was banned in 2001. ‘Our son innocent’ The parents of a youth, who has been detained for purportedly sending the HuJI email claiming responsibility for the Delhi High Court blast, claimed their son is “not involved at all” in the incident. 'Our son is innocent. He is not at all involved in such an action,' said Mustaq Ahmed Sheikh, father of Sohaib, on Saturday.