IM operative Waqas could help establish missing links in Jama Masjid attack: Police

Special Cell of Delhi Policetold the court that Waqas would be charged in connection with the Jama Masjid terror attack.

New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2014 8:01:49 pm
 Waqas, who was arrested outside the Ajmer Railway Station, is an expert in making IEDs (PTI) Waqas, who was arrested outside the Ajmer Railway Station, is an expert in making IEDs. (PTI)

The arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national, would help establish the “missing links” in the probe into the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack, Delhi Police Wednesday told a court here.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police stated this before the court which allowed its plea for 15 more days to complete their probe against IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar and denied bail to the duo in the September 19, 2010 terror attack case.

According to the police, two bikers had fired on tourists at the gate of Jama Masjid here and two Taiwanese, Ku-Ze-Wei and Ko-Chiange, had sustained bullet injuries whereas a bomb was fitted in a car parked in the area.

During the hearing, Special Cell told the court that Waqas, who was wanted for his alleged role in string of terror attacks across the country, would be charged in connection with this case and his interrogation would help them in establishing the missing links.

“It is further stated that on March 22, wanted accused Waqas was arrested in case FIR number 54/11 (regarding illegal arms factory here) and is on police custody remand in that case. He has to be arrested in this case”, stated the Special Cell in its plea.

“With the arrest of this wanted terrorist, the missing links in the conspiracy are likely to be established which requires that period of investigation and judicial custody of these accused persons (Bhatkal and Akhtar) be extended,” it said.

Meanwhile, advocate M S Khan, appearing for both Bhatkal and Akhtar, moved the bail application stating new grounds have been given by the police while seeking extension period of investigation by 15 days.

The court, however, dismissed the bail plea and allowed 15 days time to the police to conclude their probe against the accused.

“Keeping in view the specific reasons given by the public prosecutor, my inference is that the period of investigation be further extended. Investigation agency is given 15 days for completing the investigation…,” the judge said.

The police, in its plea, said the connection between the arrested accused and other members of the banned outfit in the entire conspiracy was yet to be established.

According to the police, Waqas, who was arrested outside the Ajmer Railway Station, is an expert in making IEDs (improvised explosive device). Three other suspected members of IM — Shaquib, Mahruf and Waqar — were also apprehended recently in Rajasthan.

Days after Waqas and his three alleged associates were arrested, top IM operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, one of the alleged masterminds of a string of terror attacks in the country, was also nabbed from Kakarvitta Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal on Tuesday. All these accused are presently in police custody till April 2.

Bhatkal and Akhtar were earlier arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Indo-Nepal border on the night of August 28 last year. They are presently in Mumbai under the custody of Maharashtra ATS in connection with the cases lodged against them there.

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