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NEW DELHI – Investigators have zeroed in on the key conspirator, an Iranian national, behind the February 13 bombing of
an Israeli embassy car, and want him extradited from Malaysia where he is
currently in police custody.
Delhi Police have sought the assistance of
India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which deals with international crime,
in securing the extradition of Masod Sedaghatzadeh. Interpol has been approached
to issue a “Red Corner” notice.
A court here has issued an “open warrant”
for Sedaghatzadeh’s arrest, which is a prerequisite.
sources, Sedaghatzadeh was the head of the “terror module” which had planned
similar bombings targeted at Israeli Embassy personnel in Bangkok. The Bangkok
plot fell apart when one of the terrorists, an Iranian national, blew up the
bombs he was carrying, along with his legs.
Sedaghatzadeh is believed to
have also “guided the bombers in Delhi.”
Police said Houshang Afshar
Irani, the Iranian who allegedly planted the “sticky bomb” on the Israeli
Embassy car in Delhi, “was in touch with Sedaghatzadeh.”
mastermind behind the Delhi attack has been charged under the tough anti-terror
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Explosives Substances Act and the Indian
According to the police, scrutiny of the record of telephone
calls from and to Delhi has revealed that Sedaghatzadeh was in touch with Irani.
The calls are also believed to show the involvement of Indian journalist Syed
Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi who was arrested on March 6. Kazmi’s call records show he
was in contact with Irani.
On Friday, Delhi Police began the formal
process of securing Interpol Red Corner notices against three other Iranians –
Houshang Afshar Irani, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr and Mohammadreza
Abolghasemi. Open warrants have been issued against them too.
police believe they carried out the bombing and left India soon after
that. Sources said the investigators “have a fair idea” of where they are
at the moment. But there has been no official comment.
have led the police to believe that the Iranian conspirators conducted the first
reconnaissance of the area around the Israeli Embassy in the heart of Delhi in
May 2011. The information was used to prepare the blueprint for the
The conspirators returned to Delhi in January and fine-tuned
their plan after studying the pattern of arrivals and departures by diplomats
and personnel at the embassy.
Kazmi, who insists he is innocent and has
been “falsely framed” by the police, has approached a local court with the
complaint that he is being “interrogated by Mossad agents.” The police have
denied the allegation.
Supporters of Kazmi, a Shia, have been trying to
mobilize protesters to rally for his release. A Shia scholar on Saturday told
journalists that “members of the [Shia] community would stage a march in Lucknow
[capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh which has a sizable Muslim and Shia
population] on March 23 and lay siege to Parliament on March 26 to protest
The police, however, are standing firm with
investigators insisting that they have stacked up irrefutable evidence against
Kazmi to prove his involvement in the February 13 attack.