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Delhi police says Mohammed was 'Burger'

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

Delhi police commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma on Tuesday said the leader of the December 13 suicide attack on Parliament, Mohammed, has been identified by two key conspirators -- Shaukat Guru and Mohammed Afzal -- as one of the terrorists, code-named 'Burger', involved in the IC-814 hijacking.

He said that the Delhi police special team investigating the crime was still camping in Srinagar and carrying out raids in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir police to nab another suspect identified as Tariq.

He said more arrests are likely to take place in next few days.

However, Sharma refused to answer questions relating to the involvement of Navjot Sandhu, who was arrested by the Delhi police from her house in Mukherjee Nagar. She had been living in that house with Shaukat as his wife for last four months.

"The only fault of hers was that she happened to marry Shaukat without knowing his credentials," Sharma said.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi police picked up a wholesale merchant for interrogation for selling chemicals to the terrorists, with which they made explosives used in the attack on Parliament.

Meanwhile, Vice President Krishan Kant and officers of the Delhi police led by commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma laid wreaths to pay their respects to constable Vijender Singh, driver of the vice president's motorcade, who succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning.

Vijender had transported two of his injured colleagues to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital on December 13 despite sustaining a bullet wound in his neck.

Vice President Krishan Kant had a providential escape on December 13.

Kant was all set to leave for his house, when some Members of Parliament dropped in to discuss a few things, which delayed him.

If the MPs had not dropped by in time, the vice president would have been outside the VVIP gate when the terrorists broke the security cordon and drove in the white ambassador car.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation said it would probe the connection between the December 13 attack on Parliament and the hijacking of IC-814 in December 1999.

S M Khan, spokesman for CBI, told rediff.com that the court has given the go-ahead for the investigation.

"We had asked for the permission of the court to continue investigations into hijacking of IC-814 because of the involvement of foreigners as the key accused. While filing the chargesheet in the case we had told the court that should there be new development, then we would have to investigate the matter. The court had allowed our plea," Khan said.

But he clarified that the CBI has not taken over the investigations from Delhi police, as some reports had suggested earlier in the day.

Earlier Report:
CBI is not saying if Mohammed was 'Burger'

Complete Coverage: The Attack on Parliament

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