The special cell of Delhi Police has arrested four students from Kargil in connection with the case of a low-intensity IED bombing near the Israel Embassy in the evening of 29 January. The police have not released the names of the detainees because they are students.
Police sources say that the cops detained the students from Kargil and brought them to Delhi today for questioning. It was found, the sources said, that the mobile phones of the four suspects were all switched off on the day of the bombing.
While the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the case, the special cell of Delhi Police registered a case of “conspiracy” behind the bombing and got hold of the four.
Last week, the NIA had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh each for the identification of two people captured on CCTV camera, allegedly planting explosive material outside the Embassy of Israel.
After the incident, Delhi police found footage that shows two men, including a man wearing a jacket and carrying a bag, walking on the pavement minutes before the blast. This, officials say, is the only suspicious thing found by the anti-terror wing of Delhi Police after scanning over 200 CCTV clips. CCTV footage shows them walking on the road with their faces covered, police said.
After the special cell failed to get any breakthrough, the case was transferred to the NIA. “The New Delhi range of special cell had lodged an FIR of criminal conspiracy and they were conducting their investigation alongside. Police have zeroed in on four students of Kargil. Police are questioning them and trying to ascertain their role,” a senior police officer said.
The IED device went off around 5:05 PM near the Embassy of Israel on APJ Abdul Kalam Road on 29 January, damaging a few parked vehicles. Investigators had found clues pointing to a sophisticated attempt at launching a coordinated international attack by a trans-national group with the aim of sending a message.
While there were no casualties during the incident, Israel had condemned the attack and said that it was working with the Indian authorities to probe the matter.
Sources in the security establishment said preliminary forensic examination of the site and the bomb have revealed that the explosive used in the bomb was PETN. A military-grade explosive, PETN is not easily available and has been used by groups such as Al Qaeda for making bombs.