Delhi Episode reconfirms the callous attitude against Jihad and Jihadis

published on January 4, 2010

Cops grope in dark as terrorists still at large

Staff Reporter | New DelhiDaily Pioneer

Probe ordered, reward declared

The Delhi Police on Sunday questioned two persons, including one of its men, even as it failed to apprehend the three Pakistani militants who fled, and announced a reward of Rs 150,000 for anyone providing information leading to their arrest. The police also released the pictures of the trio. A team of the Special Branch quizzed a Delhi Police sub-inspector who was escorting Abdul Razzak, Mohammed Sadiq and Rafaqat Ali after their check-up at Guru Nanak Eye Hospital.

Sources said the owner of a restaurant near Jama Masjid, where the three Pakistanis had lunch before fleeing on Friday, is missing. The terrorists were arrested in connection with blasts near the Red Fort nine years ago and were to be deported to Pakistan as they had completed their jail term.

“We have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 each for providing information on the three Pakistanis. We have also released their pictures,” said a senior police official. The three terrorists were arrested on October 30, 2000, from Rohtak and Delhi along with five other Pakistani nationals and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including 17 kg of high-grade RDX as well as 50 kg of heroin. Sadiq, 55, a resident of Sabajpur, Sialkot and Rafaqat Ali alias Pappu, 55, hailing from Batapur, Lahore, were convicted for waging war against India, attempt to murder, conspiracy as also under the Explosives Act and Arms Act.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Aggarwal, the elite anti-terror unit of the Delhi Police Special Cell has been entrusted with the job to nab them.

He declined to comment further. “We are in touch with our counterparts in the NCR region and adjoining States,” said another official.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Police and Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) on the escape. According to sources, the Ministry also asked the force to step up security at detention centres. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the escape.

“A magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the Lieutenant Governor on Saturday,” Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said in a statement issued on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) DP Dwivedi will examine all the aspects of the incident, including the lapses on the parts of the authorities. Dwivedi has been asked to submit his report in a week’s time. “The inquiry would suggest measures to curb recurrence of such incidents. The Lieutenant Governor has (also) asked the Delhi Police to go all out to nab the escaped terrorists,” said Mehta.


Delhi Police announced a reward of Rs 1,50,000 for anyone providing information leading to the arrest of three Pakistanis who escaped police custody on Friday

Owner of a restaurant near Jama Masjid, where they had lunch before fleeing, is missing

Elite anti-terror unit of the Delhi Police Special Cell has been entrusted with the job to nab them

Home Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Police and Foreign Regional Registration Office on the escape

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