HuJI men plotted to kill Kalam in ’01,court told

The six alleged Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami (HuJI) members accused of hatching a plan to abduct cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had also hatched....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 10, 2009 11:51 pm

The six alleged Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami (HuJI) members accused of hatching a plan to abduct cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had also hatched a plan in 2001 to assassinate former President A P J Abdul Kalam,the prosecution told a Delhi court on Monday.

Public prosecutor Anita Hooda told additional sessions judge Pinki: “They also tried to assassinate Kalam (the then Scientific Advisor to the Defence Ministry),when he visited Patna in 2001 but could not succeed due to lack of logistic support.”

The prosecutor cited from the disclosure statement of Tariq Mohammed,an accused in the case,and said the arrested HuJI men were working on instructions from their Pakistan-based masters. “The accused also had a plan to carry out explosions at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre in Trombay,” added the prosecutor.The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue on February 19.

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