Srinagar: One of the accused in the July 7, 2011 Delhi High Court blast has been killed along with his associate in an encounter with security forces at Pinjrari Dachhan in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. The accused has been identified as Aamir Kamal while security forces say his associate is Shafi Hajam.
Some arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the killed terrorists. Kamal carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh.
At least 10 people were killed and 65 others injured in the bomb blast outside the Delhi High Court on July 7, 2011. The terror strike, reportedly carried out by Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), took place outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court at 10:14 am on July 7.
The National Investigation Agency has already charged Amir Abbas Dev, Wasim Akram Malik and a minor for their alleged role in the bomb blast at the High Court. Dev is reported to be willing to turn approver and has sought the trial court's permission for it.
The NIA had filed its chargesheet against six persons including three arrested accused - Wasim Akram Malik, Amir Abbas Dev and a minor, besides three others - Amir Kamal, Junaid Akram Malik and Shakir Hussain Seikh alias Chota Hafiz, who have been alleged to be the members of banned terror outfit Hizb-ul Mujahideen and are evading arrest.
The agency had said the September 7, 2011 terror attack at the Delhi High Court reception was plotted with an aim to get the death sentence of the December 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru commuted to life term.
The NIA, in its 1,062-page chargesheet, had said two Pakistani nationals Abu Bilal and Abu Saifullah had planted the bomb at the entrance of gate number five of the Delhi High Court, killing 17 persons and injuring over 90 others.
According to NIA's chargesheet, the entire terror attack was plotted between June and September 2010 at Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir by Wasim Akram Malik and other co-accused to "threaten the judiciary" and to get Guru's death sentence repealed.
It said process of proclamation against three absconding accused has been initiated and a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for giving information about either of them.
The chargesheet against the accused was filed under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the the Explosive Substances Act, besides those of the Indian Penal Code, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the nation, attempt to murder, causing grievous hurt etc.
Detailing Wasim Akram Malik's role, it had said he was a student of MBBS at Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College and Hospital in Bangladesh and his younger brother and co-accused Junaid Akram Malik was an active member of Hizb-ul Mujahideen.
The agency, in its chargesheet, said Wasim had conducted a recce of Delhi High Court area and his target for the blast was gate number five.
Regarding other accused, the NIA said on September 3 2011, Wasim and other co-accused had met Amir Abbas Dev at Kishtwar and planned about the execution of the blast.
Dev and Wasim are behind bars since their arrest by NIA for their alleged roles in the case.