Man held in Delhi for Varanasi blasts linked to Jaipur strike(Lead)

May 22nd, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Abdur Rehman of the Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) who was arrested here Wednesday night before he could execute any terror strikes in the capital, is already an accused in the Varanasi serial blasts of March 2006, and is now suspected to have had a hand in Jaipuer blasts too, the police said Thursday. Rehman alias Mohammed Iqbal Salim was arrested from the New Delhi Railway Station near Chelmsford Road in the heart of New Delhi around 8.30 p.m. Wednesday. He had come to the capital from Kolkata earlier in the day.

After his arrest, Rehman led investigators to a cache of explosives buried near a mosque in the D block of Janakpuri in west Delhi. The police said 3.1 kg of the chemical explosive RDX, five detonators and one timer device were recovered from there.

According to a police official, the terror outfit was planning to use the explosives to carry out attacks in the capital.

“We are also suspecting his role in the Jaipur serial blasts this month and the Samjhauta Express blasts in February 2007. A team of the Rajasthan police is arriving here to interrogate Rehman,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh told reporters.

Rehman was presented before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain, who remanded him in police custody till June 2.

A total of 21 people died in three explosions, including one targetting the famous Sankat Mochan temple, in Varanasi March 7, 2007.

In Jaipur on May 13, at least 61 people were killed and over 200 injured when nine medium-intensity bombs went off in seven areas.

At least 66 people lost their lives in the Samjhauta Express blasts near Sonepat in Haryana that targeted the India-Pakistan friendship train.

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