April 12, 2011 3:26:34 am
The authorities in Chile have detained an alleged financier of the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane IC-814 and the CBI will soon send a team to the South American country to verify whether he is the same person wanted in India.
According to the central investigating agency,it has received information from the Chilean authorities about the detention of Abdul Rauf,brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar,in connection with the 1999 hijacking of the IA plane. Alleged to be one of the financiers of the entire operation,Rauf was charge-sheeted by CBI in 2000. He is also among one of the seven Pakistanis apart from three Indians who were charged in the case.
The CBI has said though the Chilean police have sent fingerprints of the man detained,in the absence of the same or any photographs here,it has not been able to confirm whether he is indeed Rauf. We have asked for more details about the detention from the Chilean police after which a decision to send a team will be taken, said a spokesperson of the agency.
The CBI said apart from financing the entire hijack plot,Rauf was also among one of those who was learnt to be giving instructions to hijackers and managed the entire operation. He is also alleged to have made telephone calls to Abdul Latif,one of the conspirators who is in jail at present,asking him to call up the BBC offices in London and give details of the hijacking. These calls were intercepted and led to the arrests.
Apart from Rauf,red corner notices were issued against six other Pakistani nationals. The Jaish chief was among the three terrorists exchanged for the over 160 passengers after eight days of negotiations carried out at Kandhahar in Afghanistan. According to the confessional statement of Latif,Rauf and Jaish chiefs brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar visited India and Nepal several times.
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