Car attack case solved,India is mum due to Iran: Israeli daily

“None of the CCTV cameras showed the bike,” said a senior police official

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 27, 2012 3:59 am

Indian intelligence agencies have “considerable evidence” of Iran’s involvement in the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat but are not releasing it in a bid to avoid public confrontation with Tehran,a top Israeli security official has claimed.

The senior official reportedly close to the investigation told a daily,Ha’aretz,that the Indians were “close to fully solving the case but they are not saying so publicly”. The daily said the Indians had located the motorcycle used in the attack,identified who purchased it,even arrested the men,as well as knew how and when the attackers arrived in the country,but are not making it public to not destroy their relationship with Iran.

“They know Iran is behind the attack. They got to the suspects and carried out arrests. The picture is totally clear to all the officials in India up to the level of the interior minister,but they’re not publicising [it,” the report said.

In a statement,the Ministry of External Affairs denied the report. “(There is) not an iota of truth in (this report). India deals with fairness and transparency in all the investigations and Israeli officials are involved in the investigations,” it said.

Sources in the Delhi Police Special Cell too said they had no details of the bike believed to have been used in the attack. “None of the CCTV cameras showed the bike,” said a senior police official.

While the Ha’aretz report claimed Indian investigators had gone to Georgia and Bangkok,which were also sites of attempted attacks around the same time,this too was denied by authorities here. No report of the investigations has been shared with the countries concerned either,according to sources.

“The Indians understand that if they release the details they have,they won’t have a choice but to take steps such as expelling the Iranian ambassador,” said the Israeli source. “At this stage,they prefer to avoid such a crisis with Iran.”

Asked about the report,Israeli Ambassador in New Delhi Alon Ushpiz said he was “not aware” of the details outlined in the article but expressed “full confidence” in the Indian agencies probing the incident. “We are grateful for their assistance and appreciative of our cooperation. We have no doubt that justice will be done,” he said.

The Israeli official in Ha’aretz too said Indians have not “concealed the information in their possession” in quiet contacts with Israel and the US. “The Indians received a great deal of assistance in the investigation from the US and Israel and did a lot of work themselves,” the daily quoted the official as saying.

The Israeli official reportedly noted that the Indian security services had decided to characterise the incident as a case that,until further notice,is under investigation. This has lowered the pressure for the release of details.

The Delhi Police have been saying they are yet to receive the forensic lab result of the bomb.

The Israeli defense attache’s wife,Tal Yehoshua-Koren,was injured in the February 13 blast in Delhi. She was riding in an embassy vehicle to pick up her children from school when a man on a motorcycle is believed to have attached an explosive device to the rear of the car and fled.

With PTI,Jerusalem

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