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December 20, 2001
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Delhi police to investigate Bollywood star

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

Though the Delhi police admits that anyone can create an email account in anyone's name, a team of sleuths has reached Mumbai to investigate any possible links between the terrorists who attacked Parliament House on December 13 and some Bollywood stars.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (special branch) Ashok Chand refused to comment on reports in some national dailies that the investigators had found the email address of an actress on a laptop recovered from one of the five slain Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists.

Special Commissioner of Police R S Gupta denied that a security lapse had allowed the terrorists to enter the Parliament House complex. "One of the arrested men told us that during their meetings the terrorists seemed confident of breaking the Parliament cordon," he said. "They would say, 'Ghus to hum jaayenge, per nicklenge keh nahin sakte [Getting in is no problem, but can't say if we will be able to get out]'."

Gupta said the police had thought of all contingencies, including the armed intrusion. "Security needs change from hour to hour and day to day. What is adequate today may not be enough tomorrow," he explained.

As for the terrorists' motive, Gupta said the police had no definite answers yet. "We cannot say for sure whether they wanted to take hostages. One thing is sure: they wanted to kill as many as possible," he said.

DCP Chand denied that lecturer Abdul Rehman Geelani, who has been arrested in connection with the attack, was involved in any other crime of a similar nature before. "To the best of my knowledge this is his first major crime," he told rediff.com

He also denied that the woman arrested in the case, Afsan Guru aka Navjot Sandhu, 32, used to be a journalist working for a television network. "Let me categorically deny that this woman has got anything to do with journalism. Lot of scribes have asked me this question," he said.

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