October 7, 2011 12:52:28 am
With the age of one of the suspects in the Delhi High court blast turning into a controversy,the NIA on Thursday said it would ask the court for ossification test on him.
The test helps determine the correct age of a person and would help establish the age of Abid Hussain,the Kishtwar youth who was arrested for allegedly sending the email that claimed responsibility for the blast.
Ossification test had earlier been done on Mohd Salman,a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2009 serial blasts in Delhi. Experts,however,said the test cannot determine the accurate age,but only the approximate age.
Abid was produced in a special court on Wednesday after 15 days in NIA custody,and was sent to judicial custody for two days. He,along with Aamir Abbas Dev,who was arrested along with him,would now be produced in the court on Friday.
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The teenager,said NIA,had told the court he was born in 1994 though school records recorded his date of birth as September 19,1995.
He claims his date of birth was wrongly entered by his father as 1995. The test will help us contest Abids lawyers claims that he is a minor and has to be tried separately, said an NIA official.
Abid,the NIA claimed,had also told the court that none from his family contacted him after he was brought to Delhi by the NIA.
The NIA said Abids statement before a magistrate would help them establish that the email draft was given to him by Aamir a few days before the blast. It was Aamir who had asked Abid to send the email to media houses after the incident, the official claimed.
The NIA said it has sought opinion of forensic experts regarding the evidence recovered from the site. A forensic lab in Gujarat had said the explosive used in the blast was RDX but the NIA was not convinced. So it decided to sent the evidence to the CBI forensic lab in Delhi.
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