No convincing clues yet

Jama Masjid firing

New Delhi: Inspite of Rs 10 lakh award declared by the police, there seems to be no breakthrough in the one-month-old incident of firing near the Jama Masjid. There have been arrests not only in Delhi but even in Mumbai. However, there are contradictory versions.

The latest report (15 October, 2010) shows detention of two local criminals, Zahid and Abid (alias Jamil), residents of Sundernagri, North East Delhi. Two-country-made pistols have been recovered following a tip off from a local meat shop. However, family members of the detained persons say that the two have been falsely framed up. The tip-off was part of rivalry between two gangs.

Three SIM cards have been traced so far. These are supposed to be bought from Meerut or Bulandshahar. However, Mumbai reports indicate that the SIM card was purchased from T T area of Dadar from a retail dealer. The address on the application form Lakhani Apartments (Purva Shinde) proved to be false, so was the driving licence used for purchasing the SIM card. The buyer is believed to be a person in his twenties. The email was sent from Borivali.

The car explosion shortly after the firing too seems to be a puzzle. While some do not link the firing and the explosion, there are many who believe that the car explosion was intended to cause heavy damage. The most obvious version tells that the car was stationed to target mediapersons who would be gathering at No 3 gate to cover the news. Interestingly, there were TV mobile vans parked quite close to the transformer where the car bomb exploded. The car was parked by its owner, JK Sharma, at the cycle market on Friday and was not checked till Sunday noon. Two circuits were used by the bomber to work at 11.30 am and 1.50 pm. The bomber was in the area for two hours and a half mingling with the crowd.

And what a surprising coincidence! One of the two Taiwanese tourists hurt in the firing was found to be carrying superbug which has been named as Delhi–metallo–beta–lactamase–1. Poor Ko received not only a bullet wound in his abdomen in Delhi but was also hit by a “Delhi” labelled disease which surfaced for the first time in South Asia.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 14

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