The special cell of the Delhi police is looking for a doctor who claims to have witnessed the killing of two alleged Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists, Daoud Ali Ahmed and Izaz Ahmed, in Ansal Plaza shopping mall on November 3.
The police had framed the two men, the Delhi Mid-Day, an eveninger, quoted the doctor as saying.
They were empty-handed and were mercilessly beaten up before being shot, the report said.
He even claimed that officials pushed him aside when he tried to give his version to the television networks covering the incident live from Ansal Plaza, as Joint Commissioner (special cell) Neeraj Kumar was talking to newsmen.
Kumar told rediff.com that the police has taken note of it and is searching for the witness.
"We are perturbed at the manner in which the whole incident is now being sought to be projected by some vested interests. We are trying to locate the doctor and we will definitely talk to him. We welcome anyone to join the investigations in case they have witnessed the shootout," he said.
He claimed that the two men had managed to give a slip to the police on two occasions.
"These were hardcore terrorists and we shudder to think what might have happened in case they managed to give us a slip this time as well. We had deployed 25 people on the job and had sealed all the four exit points in the basement of the Ansal Plaza shopping complex to prevent them from escaping," he said.
Asked if the police had a plan in case the two escaped again, Kumar said all possible contingencies had been thought of before the operation was launched.
He ridiculed the idea of arresting the two men alive.
"How can you arrest the terrorists who are firing at you? The problem with us is that we look for faults even when there is none. If the two had managed to escape and shot down shoppers then people would have asked why did you allow them to come out of the basement. Our officers have done a commendable job," he said.
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