Israeli vehicle is towed away from embassy_390.
(photo credit: Reuters)
NEW DELHI – Investigators from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell are believed to
have unraveled the conspiracy behind the February 13 bombing of an Israeli
Sources close to the investigation said the police are
likely to go public with the details in the next few days.
Koren, wife of the Israeli defense attaché, was wounded by the
National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror met with India’s Home
Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi on Monday.
Chidambaram is understood
to have briefed Amidror on the findings of the Delhi Police. The discussions
lasted for close to an hour. The meeting is seen as reflecting the importance
attached by India to its relations with Israel and to the investigation into the
Indian ministers rarely schedule such meetings when Parliament
is in session.
Monday was the first day of the Indian Parliament’s
all-important budget session.
Earlier, within hours of the terrorist
attack and in a first of its kind occurrence, Israeli investigators were allowed
full access to the crime scene, the physical evidence and other
Ever since the police on March 6 arrested Indian journalist Syed
Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi, who worked for Iran’s official news agency IRNA and had
close contacts with the Iranian Embassy in New Delhi, and charged him the next
day under the tough Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for his alleged
involvement in the car bombing, Delhi has been abuzz with expectation that the
investigators will soon reveal all.
It is possible that full details,
including the involvement of Iranians, were withheld for two reasons. First, an
Indian trade delegation was scheduled to visit Iran last Saturday to work out
ways and means of circumventing sanctions. Iran is a major supplier of oil for
India. Second, the government may have wanted to share the findings with Israel
before going public with them.
According to sources close to the
investigation, Kazmi’s interrogation and scrutiny of his phone records, as well
as other crucial clues, have led the investigators to conclude that he worked as
a facilitator for the Iranians behind the attack. The police have stacked up
physical, corroborative and circumstantial evidence against him.
visited Iran “between seven and eight times last year,” a senior official said.
It was during those visits that he met the key conspirators and was brought into
the picture, the official said. The group hatched the plot in
While Kazmi may not have been in the loop entirely, he was
asked to help conduct a reconnaissance of the area around the Israeli Embassy,
provide logistical support and arrange for a safe house for those who carried
out the bombing. “Kazmi offered his services,” the source added.
investigators are believed to have established that Kazmi was in telephone
contact with Iranians associated with Iran’s intelligence agency. The key
conspirators have been identified.
Sources said the police now have
specific details of how the attack was plotted and executed. “They have also
identified the bomber [the motorcyclist who planted the “sticky bomb” on the car
in which Koren was traveling],” the sources said.
Although there is no
official confirmation, three persons, in addition to Kazmi, are believed to have
been detained for their roles in the attack. They are being questioned and have
not been formally arrested or charged.