Encounter and the Arrests
The names of
none of those killed or arrested in
appear in any of those networks or our reports. It is
Delhi Encounter and the Arrests- If the contradictions are so
serious and the version of encounter story, the manner it is
being shown on televisions, is not likely to be believable then
could it be safely presumed that Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma
must have been killed by anyone from his team (Almost none of
them were wearing bullet proof jackets, several of them were
even in slippers) in a fit of anger due to his undesirable
behaviour or for other reasons on the spot?
The misapprehensions are required to be removed for building up
the trust of people especially minority communities in the
investigation agencies in
Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate,
September 22, 2008
Contradictions in cops account of terror trail
Monday, September 22, 2008 04:28
Central intelligence agencies and several state police forces
are trying to reconcile the contradictions between their
findings of the recent months and the Delhi police’s claims of
the last three days about domestic terror groups.
police claims about Indian Mujahideen and its relations with
Simi’s Safdar Nagori faction and Lashkar-e-Taiba contradict the
findings of the investigations over the last few years. These
contradictions are emerging even as many within the security
establishment are questioning the way the
police went about the raid at Jamia Nagar on Friday.
several sources involved in investigating Simi’s Safdar Nagori
faction, there is a whole host of questions that the
claims raise about the findings of others.
Commissioner of police (special cell) Karnail Singh had on
Saturday said that Indian Mujahideen and Simi are different
groups with the Mumbai techie Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer
as the contact between the two.
But as late
as the first week of September, the interrogation reports of the
police claim that Safdar Nagori had told Sajid Mansuri on August
31, when both met during an identification parade, not to reveal
anything about the Indian Mujahideen.
Mansuri was upset about this because he thought Nagori was not
bothered about the cadres, according to
police’s interrogation details. While Nagori is in the custody
of the Madhya Pradesh police, Mansuri was arrested by
police after the Ahmedabad blasts.
police on Saturday said the Lashkar-e-Taiba was the common
handler of both Simi and Indian Mujahideen. Interrogation over
the last two years of Simi members arrested in Karnataka, Madhya
Pradesh and elsewhere do not corroborate this. In fact, several
police investigators have accused Simi of joining hands with
Bangladesh-based HuJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami) for carrying out
attacks. And interrogation reports do not corroborate either,
while pointing fingers at their affinity to the Taliban.
evidence available to show any linkages between LeT and Simi in
all the interrogation reports of recent times is of Riazuddin
Nasir, the son of a
cleric who is in a Gujarat jail for the murder of BJP leader
Haren Pandya. It was the arrest of Nasir in Karnataka in January
2008 that helped the central intelligence agencies and state
polices to unravel the network of Simi’s Nagori faction, which
had formally decided on jihad. Nasir had trained in a LeT camp
met Safdar Nagori in Bhopal, and offered to introduce him to the
LeT leadership, but Nagori was not keen, according to the
reports from Karnataka. Nagori wanted to join the Taliban, whose
leader Mullah Omar had been adopted by his faction as their
international amir. Nagori was keen to send some of his cadres
to fight in Afghanistan, Nasir had told his interrogators.
In all these
and several other detailed interrogation of the SIMI cadres
there is no indication of the Nagori faction having established
any clear links with the LeT.
A senior officer told DNA that their entire investigations over
the past several months have been based on the network
unravelled after interrogating Nasir, Nagori and several of
their key associates arrested elsewhere.
people arrested after the Ahmedabad blasts are all those
identified in these interrogation reports. “The names of none of
those killed or arrested in
appear in any of those networks or our reports. It is
surprising,” he said. Another official said the profiles of the
men in their early 20s too do not fit into their investigations
over the past couple of years.
police claims, those who planted the IEDs in Ahmedabad and
came from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
There had been no reference to anyone coming from Delhi in the
privy to the
encounter told DNA that Mufti Abu Bashar, arrested for playing a
key role in the Gujarat blasts, was known to most of those
killed and arrested in Jamia Nagar on Friday because they are
all from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. “It is possible that some of
them have had links or were even involved in the blasts. But I
don’t know if Atif (who was killed) was the mastermind of the
Indian Mujahideen,” he said.
officer who has led several commando raids on terrorist hideouts
told DNA that he was surprised at the “callousness” with which
the police approached the entire operation. “Almost none of them
were wearing bullet proof jackets, several of them were even in
slippers,” he pointed out.
such operation you carry out a detailed recce, keep the suspects
under watch, go in with proper protection suits and provide
proper cover. None of it seemed to have been done in this case,
otherwise Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma would not have lost his
life,” the Army officer said.