India Releases Sketches of Suspects… J & K Terror Group Implicated
Indian officials are looking into leads that implicate a Hizbul Mujahideen terror cell for the deadly blasts yesterday on the “friendship train.”
Two men were allowed off the train minutes before the explosions were set off that killed 68 passengers.
Their pictures were released hours ago:
In these sketches released by the Indian Police in Panipat, India, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 of two men suspected of planting a pair of bombs that sparked a fire on a train barreling through northern India for Pakistan, killing 68 people. The two, whose identities are not known, boarded the train when it left New Delhi on Sunday and soon began arguing with the conductor, saying they were on the wrong train. They were allowed to jump off when the train slowed down about 15 minutes to 20 minutes before the crude bombs detonated, said Sharad Kumar, a senior police official. (AP Photo/Indian Police, HO)
Indian officials released sketches of two suspects wanted in connection with the train bombings yesterday that killed 68 passengers:
The two men, whose identities are not known, boarded the train when it left New Delhi on Sunday but quickly began arguing with the conductor, insisting they were on the wrong train. They were allowed to jump from the train as it slowed down about 15 minutes to 20 minutes before the crude bombs detonated, said Sharad Kumar, a senior police official.
The train goes from New Delhi to the border town of Atari without stopping, and the revelation that two were allowed off highlighted what most passengers already know – that security on the train and at stations is cursory, at best.
One suspect was arrested yesterday after the blast on the “friendship train.”
Meanwhile, officials are also looking into leads that point to a terror group from the Jammu and Kashmir state.
“We are working on three aspects of recent intercepts and the passage of Hizbul Mujahideen cadres into Delhi, possibly a week before this attack,” a police source told.
Hizb commander Abu Rasheed went from Srinagar to Jammu on February 12. He later disappeared from Jammu and possibly went to Delhi or Haryana a few days before Sunday’s attack, sources said.
Rasheed was carrying arms and explosives with him, they said.
Security agencies are also working on an intercept in which two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) commanders talked of meeting to execute some plan. One commander told the other to prepare some things and keep them ready, sources said.
These two commanders spoke in the course of a call made from the mobile phone of a Delhi-based person who is being tracked, they said.
The third aspect of the probe relates to a direction to a commander that another top commander would reach Delhi from Pakistan and that he should be immediately shifted from the national capital to Kashmir, they said.