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Parliament attack: Delhi police pick up professor for questioning

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

The Delhi police has picked up professor Abdul Rehman Geelani of Zakir Hussain College of Delhi University for questioning in the December 13 suicide attack on Parliament House.

Professor Geelani is reportedly a relative of All Party Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

But, the police remain tightlipped about the progress of investigations into the attack on Parliament House.

"We have nothing to report," is the stock answer that reporters receive if they are lucky to get an officer on line or manage to catch him somewhere on duty.

Lucky Motors, the shop from where the terrorists bought the second hand white ambassador car for Rs 110,000, continues to remain shut.

Police sources said its owners are still being interrogated by the joint probe teams comprising of officers from intelligence bureau, army, CBI, RAW and Delhi police.

The sources added that the owners have told the police that the terrorists had contacted them twice for buying the vehicle.

According to sources, the first time three persons came to look at the vehicle, and the second time two persons came to pay and pick up the vehicle.

One person, identified as Ashiq Hussain Khan, was there on both occasions. The sources said that Khan is a resident of Baramulla.

Interestingly, the old ambassador was sold ten times between November this year and December 11.

Some of the suspects picked up by the police are being interrogated in the Lodhi Road police station, while others are being interrogated at the Ashok Vihar police station.

The sources said that eight teams have been constituted to investigate the crime.

While one team has gone to Sopore in Baramulla, the second team has gone to Hyderabad, and a third to western Uttar Pradesh.

The rest of the teams are working in Delhi, the sources added.

However, there is still no word from the police officials about when the terrorists came to Delhi and where they stayed. While some sources said that they were staying in Old Delhi for more then three months as students, other sources refused to confirm this claim.

But one thing that the police is willing to confirm is the recovery of mobile phones and five SIM cards used by the terrorists to remain in touch with each other.

The police also admitted that the terrorists made calls to a number of places, and each of those calls are now being verified.

Meanwhile, an agency report said the Delhi police have picked up 17 more persons in the capital since Friday night in connection with the investigations into Thursday's terrorist attack on the Parliament House.

Personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 'spotters' have arrived in the capital to help in identification of the assailants and the suspects being rounded up, police sources said.

Ten suspects were picked up from the old Delhi areas and Jamia Nagar area of South Delhi during the swoop on contacts of the five terrorists who were killed during the attack, the sources said.

At least seven Kashmiris were detained in the capital overnight, they said.

Besides, one suspect was detained in Uttar Pradesh and two in Maharashtra.

Elsewhere, 42 wireless sets were on Saturday found abandoned in Defence Colony area of South Delhi. However, police officials ruled out any connection between these sets and the Parliament incident.

They were found to be part of stolen property and have no connection with the Parliament attack, a senior police official said.

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