Culprits at large three years after pre-Diwali blasts


New Delhi : Monday will be the third anniversary of the pre-Diwali serial bombings in the capital that claimed 67 lives, but those behind the terror attack still remain at large.

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The absconding suspects include notorious Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Abu al Kama, who is now reportedly holed up in Pakistan but Delhi Police are unable to approach the Interpol for his arrest owing to the lack of knowledge of his exact whereabouts.

In the three years since the Oct 29, 2005 explosions at Paharganj, Kalkaji and the Sarojini Nagar Market, police have also failed to trace three other militants involved in the attack.

“There were a total of three cases registered in the wake of the serial blasts and the police were able to arrest three of the eight operatives involved in the blasts,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh told IANS.

“The operatives included LeT operatives Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mohammed Hussain and Mohammed Fazili Rajshah,” said Singh, adding that the three were presently facing trial in various courts for their roles in the bombings.

The police had filed charge sheets against them under various offences including those for murder, attempt to murder, waging war and conspiring to commit various offences against the state.

Probing the blasts, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police was able to work out the entire sequence of events to fund the operation for which it lodged a separate case and was prosecuting two others.

A fifth terrorist involved in the blasts, Abu Ozefa, was killed in Srinagar Jan 17, 2006 in a joint operation of Delhi Police, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the army.

Senior police officers admitted that they have been unable to approach Interpol to have an international arrest warrant issued against Al Kama and other three absconding operatives owing to their failure in locating their exact addresses in Pakistan.