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Jama Masjid attack: Doubts surface over murdered Qateel’s ‘confession’ to Delhi Police

The NIA, however, in its supplementary chargesheet said that Asadullah Akhtar and IM operative Waqas, who was arrested last week, were the two men who fired. (Reuters) The NIA, however, in its supplementary chargesheet said that Asadullah Akhtar and IM operative Waqas, who was arrested last week, were the two men who fired. (Reuters)
Written by Muzamil Jaleel | New Delhi | Posted: April 3, 2014 2:54 am | Updated: April 3, 2014 9:40 am

Who were the two motorcycle-borne men who opened fire at foreign tourists outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid on September 19, 2010, in which two Taiwanese nationals were injured, and tried to explode a crude bomb in a stolen car?

The Delhi Police Special Cell claimed, on the basis of his “confession,” that Qateel Siddiqui of Darbhanga, Bihar — murdered in mysterious circumstances allegedly by two other inmates in Pune’s Yerawada Jail in June 2012 — and Pak national Mohammed Adil of Karachi, opened fire. And were helped by an eight-member backup team that included Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez and Pak national Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas.

The National Investigation Agency, however, in its supplementary chargesheet in February this year, said that Asadullah Akhtar and Waqas, who was arrested last week, were the two men who fired. NIA is silent on the alleged role of Qateel or Adil.

Now, the alleged confessions of Indian Mujahideen operational chief Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, who was also arrested last week — as reported in The Indian Express today — have supported the NIA version and raised several questions about the Special Cell’s investigation and alleged “confessions.” For, Monu has claimed that at the time of the Jama Masjid attack, Qateel and Adil were not in Delhi,

These glaring contradictions between the different versions — Special Cell, NIA and now Monu’s alleged confession — cast doubt over the veracity of other terror cases as well.

For, the Jama Masjid firing case is directly linked to two other cases that the Special Cell claimed to have cracked after the arrest and alleged confession of Qateel Siddiqui: the busting of an alleged IM ring in Delhi and the subsequent arrest of ten other alleged IM men.

Confessions of these men, the Special Cell claimed, helped solve the Jama Masjid firing, the failed attempt to explode a car bomb, the Chinnaswamy stadium blast case in Bangalore and the German Bakery blast case.

Additional DCP, Special Cell, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav investigating officer in the Jama Masjid case, filed the chargesheet on June 8, 2012 naming Qateel and Adil. The Special Cell produced alleged confessions by Qateel and Adil providing detailed description on their movements on that fateful day. They also claimed to have recovered, from Adil, the pistols used in the firing.

The Special Cell claimed that it arrested Qateel on the night of November 21, 2011 after a tip-off that he was about to reach Anand Vihar Bus Terminal at about 11 pm from Dehradun “carrying arms, ammunition and huge amount of counterfeit Indian currency with him”. Qateel was arrested at the bus terminal.

According to the Special Cell, Qateel allegedly confessed to his role in continued…

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