Remote for HC blast smuggled from PoK

Srinagar: Security agencies probing the Delhi High Court blasts are in the process of joining the dots as certain leads have emerged pointing to the remote used for triggering the explosion being smuggled from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) through LoC trade.

An examination of the circuit used in the September seven, 2011 blast at the Delhi High Court, that left 15 people dead and scores others injured, showed that terrorists had used a three-battery remote for triggering the explosion, official sources said today.

The three-battery remote has been used earlier by terrorists thrice last year — Sangrama in Sopore of North Kashmir, Udhampur in May during an unsuccessful attempt on the life of an Army officer and assassination of Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadees head Maluana Showkat Ahmad Shah in April.

The three-battery remote has more range then earlier used by the terrorists as the technology used here gives them some lead time to facilitate an easy escape from the scene of crime.

A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the High Court blast, has collected the sample from the scene of the Udhampur blast and also that of Sangrama IED, which had failed to detonate because of a high frequency jammer, the sources said.

The forensic evidence in the Molvi Showkat`s case was also examined but it could not give any leads other than the triggering mechanism which also pointed out at a three-battery remote, the sources said.

An investigation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and central agencies have found that at least six of such remotes had been smuggled inside the Indian territory during the cross Line of Control (LoC) trade from Uri of North Kashmir, the sources said.

Some of the terrorists caught by the state police earlier this year and those involved in the conspiracy of Molvi Showkat have been extensively questioned, the sources said, adding some of them had provided the lead on smuggling of three-battery remote in the cross LoC trade.

Meanwhile, a massive search operation was underway in the higher reaches of Kishtwar in the search for Junaid Akram Malik, wanted in the Delhi High court blast case. NIA has already announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to the arrest of Junaid.

Junaid`s brother Wasim Akram, a medical student studying MBBS in a college at Bangladesh, is at present in judicial custody.

NIA found similarities between the High Court blast as well as May three blast near Northern Army Headquarters located in Udhampur of Jammu region.

Plastic explosive and remote-controlled detonator used in the Udhampur attack were similar to those fitted in the suitcase bomb that had exploded outside the High Court.

Sarwar was named by police as the prime suspect in the May two attempt to assassinate Major General DS Pathania, commandant of the Northern Army Command base hospital.