Delhi blast accused’s dad in Azamgarh fray

The Delhi Police Special Cell and Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrororism Squad (ATS) may be looking for Asadullah Akhtar alias Asadullah Khan,accused in the Delhi serial blasts case...

Written by Bhupendra Pandey | Lucknow | Published:March 29, 2009 3:09 am

The Delhi Police Special Cell and Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrororism Squad (ATS) may be looking for Asadullah Akhtar alias Asadullah Khan,accused in the Delhi serial blasts case,but few know his father Dr Javed Akhtar is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh under the banner of Ulema Council.

An alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative,Asadullah (23) is a resident of Ghulami ka Pura in Azamgarh city. He has a degree of B Pharma from Integral University,Lucknow and is accused in the blast case along with eight other youths from Azamgarh. Police have announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for Asadullah’s arrest.

On the other hand,his father is a leading orthopedic surgeon of Azamgarh. Dr Javed was also interrogated by the police after his son was reportedly last seen visiting his house,a day after the Batla House encounter in Delhi on September 19,2008.

On September 22,2008,when joint teams of Delhi police and UP ATS raided the district in search of Asadullah and other accused,Dr Javed was detained for interrogation. “My son Asadullah has been implicated. He was at home when the blasts took place,” Dr Akhtar said.

After Azamgarh’s Ulema Council decided to field candidates,Dr Akhtar jumped into the election fray to “seek justice for the youths of Azamgarh who have been implicated in the Delhi blasts case.”

On March 26,he filed the nomination and has been campaigning since then.

The fresh details available with the investigators regarding Asadullah are that he has taken refuge in Saudi Arabia. He reportedly managed to flee from the country in October 2008,as no alert was issued and the particulars about the absconding IM men were not provided to the authorities of the country’s international airports,said an UP ATS official.

Asked if his son had contacted him since he disappeared after the police raids,Dr Javed said,“No,he has not contacted so far,but I hope he would be here soon.” But a senior UP ATS officer said they had intercepted a call made by Asadullah just a couple of days before his father filed his nomination.

The official said Asadullah had played a vital role in assembling the timer devices. He was the person who had lured Hakim (the one arrested by the ATS and handed over to Delhi police on January 2) into the terror plot.

The official also said Asadullah had assured Hakim for a handsome amount and had given him Rs 5,000 for carrying some tools from Azamgarh to be used in assembling the bombs. Hakim handed over the device to Atif at the L-18,Batla House,the ATS officer said. Asadullah was allegedly involved in planting the timer devices in Greater Kailash and Connaught Place areas.

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