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December 20, 2001
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CBI wants to compare handwriting samples of Mohammed and 'Burger'

Expediting the probe into claims that Mohammed, who had led the December 13 attack on Parliament, was one of the hijackers of an Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar under a different name, the CBI has asked the Delhi police to find a specimen of his handwriting for verification.

Three of the four persons arrested in connection with the attack - Mohammed Afzal, A R Geelani and Shaukat Hussain - claimed that Mohammed was actually Sunny Ahmed Qazi alias 'Burger', one of the hijackers of the IC-814 flight from Kathmandu in December 1999.

'Burger' was the one who had stabbed honeymooner Rupin Katyal to death onboard the aircraft.

CBI sources said the agency has in its possession a sample of the handwriting of Sunny Ahmed Qazi and asked the Delhi police to see whether any specimen of Mohammed's handwriting has been seized either from his body or any other arrested persons so that the two could be compared.

They said the handwriting specimens could be forwarded to the Central Forensic and Scientific Laboratory (CFSL) for verification.

The sources said that photographs of Mohammed's body and that of 'Burger' had already been sent to the CFSL for Electronic Skull Imaging and the results were awaited.

However, according to the sources, there was no plan either to call the crew or passengers of the hijacked flight in aid the identification process.

PTI

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