Exactly a month after the terrorist attack outside the Delhi High Court in which 15 people were killed and over 70 injured, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) finally made breakthrough with the arrest of Wasim Akram Malik, a Kashmiri who was a student of unani (herbal) medicine in Bangladesh.
During the course of investigations when NIA officials were trying to pick up leads about the possible terrorist organisation that had carried out the blast, Azhar Ali, who is a known member of Hizbul Mujahideen was the first one to talk about the involvement of Malik in the blast. Ali was arrested in 2009 and has been in Jammu jail for the past two years. Investigators have described Malik as a key link in the case, and he is the second person to have been directly involved in the blast at Delhi High Court on September 7.
Members of the NIA had earlier arrested Amir Abbas Dev from Kishtawar area of Jammu and Kashmir. Dev was brought to Delhi on September 21, along with Abid Hussain who had allegedly sent an email within a few hours after the blast claiming that Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami (HuJI) was responsible for the terror attack.
According to the NIA, Dev was among the people who had planted the bomb outside gate number 4 and 5 at the Delhi High Court.
In the course of proceedings on Friday before the special NIA court, Malik was remanded to custody for 14 days along with Dev, while Hussain was sent to the juvenile justice board after it was found that he was a minor.
Interestingly, during questioning, Hussain had told investigators that he was paid to send the email immediately after the blast in Delhi.
Sleuths of NIA suspect the involvement of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Delhi blast and not HuJI that had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.