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Firing near Jama Masjid leaves two foreigners hurt
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

  • Indian Mujahideen claims responsibility, threatens to disrupt C’wealth Games
  • 30 detained
  • Police deny terror angle

Cops on toes

Security agencies went into an overdrive securing the Games venues after the terror attack. The Games Village, which would house 7,000 to 8,000 athletes and officials, was barricaded. The flyover passing near the venue was teeming with cops and officials said they were putting in place additional measures for the security of all stadia. “The target is apparently the Games and we have to take all measures,” said an official.

New Delhi, September 19
Two motorcycle-borne unidentified terrorists opened fire on a foreign tourist bus outside the historic Jama Masjid and injured two members of a Taiwanese television crew today.

Indian Mujahideen, a terror outfit, which has been behind many terror incidents, claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to some media outfits.

It has warned that it would target the Commonwealth Games. The e-mail sent by the Indian Mujahideen said: “In the name of Allah, the attack is a tribute to Atif Amin and Mohammed Sajid”. Amin and Sajid were IM operatives killed by the police in the Batla House encounter soon after the Delhi serial blasts of September 2008.

“We are warning you. If you have the guts, then organise the Commonwealth Games...We know that preparations are on full swing. Be prepared...We are also making preparations,” the mail said.

Police personnel stand guard at the site of firing near Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Sunday.
Police personnel stand guard at the site of firing near Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Sunday. — PTI

The police, meanwhile, has denied the angle and said the purpose of the attack seemed to spread a scare. Around 30 persons have been detained for questioning.

The incident occurred outside Gate Number 3 of Jama Masjid, that is mere 100 metres away from the local police station, at around 11.15 am. Around three hours later, a car went up in flames nearby, with unconfirmed reports stating that it was a crude bomb.

A red alert has been sounded across the Capital even as the special cell of the Delhi police and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has launched a probe into the matter.

The injured have been identified as Zeseweiu Ku (27), who had a close shave as the bullet grazed his head, and Chiang Khu (28), who was hit in the stomach. The injured were part of a six-member group from a Taiwan TV channel and had come to India yesterday for a 10-day shoot. They were to leave for Jaipur on Tuesday and then visit Agra and return to the Capital on September 27 to take a flight back to Taiwan. The attack came seconds within the stopping of the bus. The ultras, who were wearing helmets and raincoats, sped off immediately. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (North), Karmal Singh, around 10 rounds of shots were fired and cartridges of .38 caliber revolver and 9 mm shells have been recovered from the spot.

“Four cartridges recovered from the spot showed that the weapon used could be .38 calibre revolver. But the rounds of fire recovered were also of 9 mm, which can be used in pistol or carbine,” he said

Singh said a police constable and a rickshaw-puller tried to give a chase but the attackers managed to flee. The rickshaw-puller even hurled a brick at the attackers.

The police does not suspect the role of any organised terror group behind tthe shooting incident. Investigators suspect that disgruntled youths or a gang of local criminals could be behind the incidents.

The police is also not giving much credence to the e-mail sent to media houses purportedly the IM as "its content and timing were not matching" with the incidents. “There were no specific target or specific reasons for the attacks and they do not find any reason to believe that an organised terror outfit was behind the incidents,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.

Meanwhile, medical superintendent of Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital —-where the injured have been admitted —- Amit Banerjee said the condition of the injured was stable. It is learnt that the imam of the Jama Masjid had written to Home Minister P Chidambaram on May 30 this year about nonfunctional CCTV cameras in the mosque but the authorities apparently sat over it. With PTI inputs





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