Terrorists roamed across India with fake voter ID cards: police

September 20th, 2008 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Terrorists behind the recent bombings in Indian cities had obtained fake voter identity cards and had roamed across the country, Delhi Police said Saturday.“Saif and Zeeshan had made fake voter ID cards in the name of Rahul Sharma and Pankaj respectively and travelled to Gujarat on the fake identities,” Joint Police Commissioner (Special Cell) Karnail Singh told a press briefing.

“They also availed mobile phone connections on the basis of these fake ID cards. We have seized mobile phones in which they have clicked the video of the (May 13) Jaipur blasts,” he said.

Singh defended Delhi Police, facing allegation of having failed to act on the tenant verification the five suspected terrorists had applied for when renting a house in Jamia Nagar last month.

“They had made a false sales deed of the house and misled house caretaker Abdul Rehman by saying that one professor and two students will be living in the house.

“They had forged the police stamp to prepare fake police verification forms and they did not submit any forms with the local police,” Singh said.

The house was raided by the Special Cell of Delhi Police Friday following a tip-off. Two suspected terrorists were killed while two managed to escape and one was arrested.

Police said they were part of a 13-member terrorist module that included Atif, Saif, Zeeshan, Shajid, Junaid, Shadab Bhai, Alihas Malik, Shazid, Mohammad Khalif, Arif, Shakeel, Zia Khan and Salman.

Reacting to reports that the house did not have a back door, Singh said: “The building has two entrances and the two terrorists escaped from the back door.”

Talking about the motive of the 13 terrorists, Singh said: “They were inspired by a book about two fighters and quoted explicitly from the book in their emails sent by Atif,” Singh said.

All the members of the module were from Azamgarh village in Uttar Pradesh. “Atif lured his fellow and junior students from Azamgarh to terrorism,” the police official said.

Explaining the modus operandi of the module Singh said: “All of them travelled to Jaipur on May 13 in a bus and bought cycles and planted the bombs on them.”

They then started preparing for the Ahmedabad blasts. “Eleven to 12 people from Delhi went to Ahmedabad July 10 for a recce. Three to four stayed back and others returned to Delhi on July 17.

“All those who returned went to Ahmedabad on July 23, manufactured and planted bombs with the help of the local supporters, few of whom were arrested in Ahmedabad,” Singh said.

At least 65 people were killed in the serial blasts in Jaipur May 13, while 56 people were killed in the July 276 Ahmedabad blasts.

“In Delhi these terrorists went for a recce on Sep 11 and clicked photos of the sites,” Singh added.

Five bombs went off in quick succession in the capital’s busy market places on Sep 13, killing 24 people and injuring nearly 100 others.

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