Attack on Israeli diplomat: Probe team ready to leave for Tehran

The Delhi Police has been given the go-ahead by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to visit Iran to investigate the role of three Iranians in the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in the heart of New Delhi.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2012 2:57 am

The Delhi Police has been given the go-ahead by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to visit Iran to investigate the role of three Iranians in the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in the heart of New Delhi.

Police said they would check on the addresses of the three suspects,Houshang Afshar Irani,Syed Ali Sadr Mehdian and Abolghasemi Mohammad Reza. Investigators would also gather details on Sadaghatzadeh Masoud,the operational head of the terror module who is currently in Malaysian custody.

“The MHA has given permission to a Delhi Police team to visit Tehran regarding the attack on the Israeli diplomat. The sanction was granted by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi also. A three-four member team will be going there to investigate the case,” a senior police officer said.

Police said they will seek the help of the Indian Embassy in Tehran to begin their investigation.

“We will also take the help of Iranian investigators. We are going there with whatever evidence we have. These include some video footage and passport details,” the officer said.

Police said a team will also visit Israel to record the statement of Tal Yehoshua Koren,the diplomat who was injured after a magnetic bomb was attached to her vehicle and detonated on Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi. Police arrested Urdu journalist Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi for allegedly helping the Iranians carry out the attack.

In another development Alon Yehoshua,husband of the diplomat injured in the attack,has moved a city court seeking the release of the damaged Toyota Innova and permission for damage assessment to claim insurance. But Kazmi,through his counsel,opposed the release of the vehicle or permission for damage assessment saying it would amount to “tampering of a vital evidence”.

Appearing before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav,Kazmi’s counsel Mehmood Pracha said “the case is of international ramification and if permission is granted to the surveyor of an insurance company to inspect the car,it will amount to tampering of vital evidence.”

“The car is still in the custody of the Special Cell of Delhi Police and it is their responsibility to keep it sanitized,” he said.

Yehoshua’s counsel said that the only purpose behind the application was to claim insurance and the survey could be done in the presence of police to rule out apprehensions.

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