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LeT, Babbar Khalsa planned blasts in Delhi: Police

Thursday October 13, 2011 10:16:59 PM, IANS

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New Delhi/Ambala: The explosives found in a car in the parking lot of the Ambala Cantonment railway station in Haryana were procured by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and were meant for the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to set off bomb blasts in the capital, Delhi Police said Thursday.

"Central intelligence agencies had informed us that a Lashkar-e-Taiba module was active in Jammu and Kashmir... Investigations revealed the explosives had been brought by LeT and were meant for Babbar Khalsa International to carry out attacks in Delhi," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arun Kampani told reporters in New Delhi.

Unfolding the sequence of investigations that led police to seize five kg of explosives from the car in Ambala, Kampani said they got inputs from intelligence agencies ten days ago about activities of the LeT module and that the BKI and LeT jointly planned to carry out terror attacks.

Police sources said a terror outfit based in Nepal was giving directions to the LeT module in the valley. The information was "sketchy" and that the explosives were to be taken to a north Indian city, the sources said.

Kampani said according to intelligence the car would probably be driven by the LeT operatives who would hand over the explosives to Babbar Khalsa members in Ambala.

Working on the inputs, the sleuths started looking for the exact day and time of movement of the consignment. They got specific information that a consignment of explosives had moved from Jammu in vehicle No. HR-03R-0054 and would be exchanged at Ambala, around 200 km from Delhi.

The information about car was shared with officials of Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana Police. The search for the car began from Wednesday morning in Ambala.

Joint teams of Delhi and the local police fanned out across the town and highways. In the evening, a Tata Indica car with suspected registration number was found in the parking lot of the Ambala cantonment railway station.

"Surveillance was mounted on the vehicle for considerable time but nobody turned up," said Kampani.

Police denied their presence may have inhibited the suspects from coming near the vehicle, and said a close observation was maintained by plainclothes men.

After waiting some time, police cordoned off the area and a bomb disposal team of Haryana Police finally checked the car around Wednesday midnight. It was then that the explosive materials -- hidden in the window cavity of the vehicle -- were discovered.

"Five kg of explosives, divided into three parts and wrapped in brown adhesive tapes, five detonators and two timers in a plastic box were hidden in the car," said Kampani.

Two toll tax receipts and some newspapers from Kashmir were also recovered, besides a box of sweets, purchased from Jammu's Bari Brahmana.

The police removed the tyres of the vehicle and some other parts to check for presence of any more explosives, police sources said.

During investigation, police found the number plate on the car and the registration certificate recovered were not the same. The car was bearing a fake Haryana registration number and police suspect that the vehicle was stolen.

However, police sources said that the number plate on the car is registered in the name of a Panchkula-based business enterprise.

Efforts were on to trace the original owner of the car and police and other security personnel were also trying to take accounts from the eyewitnesses who may have seen the car driver.

According to preliminary investigations, the captured CCTV footage showed the car had two occupants, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a forensic team from Haryana and the National Security Guard team visited Ambala and gathered evidence, after which the Delhi Police brought the car to the capital. The samples of explosives have been sent for a forensic test.

The home ministry confirmed the incident but refused to divulge more details. "Yes, explosives have been found," Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters in Delhi.

In Ambala, a Haryana Police officer said their Delhi counterparts were linking the discovery of the car to the blast at the high court in the national capital last month.

"Delhi Police are linking this discovery with the high court blast of last month. We are conducting raids and have launched an extensive search operation in the area," he said.

As the vehicle was found in the cantonment area, police are also probing if the target could have been a military installation in the region.

An alert had been sounded in Haryana and neighbouring Punjab. Security personnel had been asked to remain on alert and maintain strict vigil and track any suspicious movement of people or vehicles.







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