Low-intensity blast near Delhi High Court, no casualties
A crude bomb went off outside the
Delhi High Court complex Wednesday, but there were no casualties
or damage, police said. The blast occurred around 1.15 p.m., a
busy weekday afternoon when the court was in session »
Delhi: A key suspect in the low-intensity blast in
Delhi High Court premises Wednesday was arrested in Ghaziabad in a
joint operation by Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh's Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS) Friday and a hunt is on for his accomplice, a senior
police official said.
"We managed to arrest Gulfam from Pilkuha village in Ghaziabad
district," Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told media
persons in Lucknow.
Gulfam's accomplice Nafees was, however, stated to be
"absconding." Meanwhile, the joint team of police has picked up
about 10 other people for interrogation.
Delhi Police Joint Commissioner (Special Cell) R.Krishnia,
however, denied any arrests.
According to Brij Lal, both the suspects belonged to Pilkuha area
on Ghaziabad, adjoining to Delhi, where they were working as
roadside hawkers. "We have reason to believe that they were
sleeper modules of Indian Mujahideen, that has been involved in
carrying out blasts in different parts of the country."
Asked what could be the reason behind the low-intensity blast by a
notorious terrorist organisation like Indian Mujahideen, he said:
"Apparently, these fellows were trainees who were still in the
process of acquiring expertise in preparing explosives and
carrying out blasts."
According to him, "there were two batches of Indian Mujahideen
activists - a team of fully trained terrorists and another of
Brij Lal claimed that even as the nature of explosives used in the
Delhi blast was quite lethal, the blast turned out to be of low
intensity and did not cause the intended devastation simply
because novices were entrusted with the task, which they could not
carry out properly.
"We have been lucky that these novices ended up doing a shabby
job, thereby saving any major damage," he said.
According to police officials in Ghaziabad, a Delhi Police team,
on the track of Nafees, raided his hideout in Pawala village under
Pilkuha police station jurisdiction of the district but could not
find him. Nafees's brother Gulfam, who was also wanted, was
Ghaziabad's Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ajay Kumar confirmed
Gulfam's arrest but said that Delhi Police did not take Ghaziabad
police into confidence and carried out the raid without informing
A crude bomb went off outside the Delhi High Court complex around
1.15 p.m. Wednesday. No casualty was reported.
The explosion took place near the right-hand front wheel of a car
in a parking bay, close to the boundary wall of the court complex.
Less than 250 gram explosive was used in the low intensity blast,
Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta said in a preliminary inquiry
report given to the home ministry Thursday.