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Former UP MLA admits helping terror suspects
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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A former MLA of Uttar Pradesh has admitted to giving money and helping the two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists who escaped during the Batla House encounter on September 19, 2008 in New Delhi. Former Azmagarh MLA Abdus Salaam said that he knew one of the suspects, Junaid alias Harris. He also claimed that he didn’t knew that the boy was involved in terror activities. Salaam made the claims in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN. CNN-IBN: When did Shahzad and Junaid (the two terror suspects) meet you? Abdus Salaam: They met me around 4 pm (1600 hrs IST) on September 19. CNN-IBN: What did they want from you? Abdus Salaam: I didn’t know Shahzad, but I knew Harris. He wanted some money to go back home. I gave them Rs 1500 to go to Azamgarh. Then on October 4, police officers came to me. They said the boy with Harris was Shahzad. On October 22, I saw Haris’ picture in newspaper. That’s when I got to know that he was involved in Delhi blasts. CNN-IBN: Did these boys ask you for help? Abdus Salaam: Never. Salaam also said that he did not know that Junaid and Shahzad were involved in the Delhi blast and claimed that the Batla House encounter was fake. He also wrote to Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Rahul Gandhi to get a judicial inquiry carried out into the encounter Suspected Indian Mujahideen militant Shahzad was arrested in February for his alleged role in the 2008 Delhi serial blasts. Shahzad had allegedly planted a bomb near India Gate. Shahzad and accomplice Junaid had fled from Batla House during the encounter. He has confessed to firing at Delhi Police Inspector MC Sharma, who was killed in the encounter Shahzad also allegedly revealed that certain politicians helped him escape. He also told police that Indian Mujahideen is planning to target Varanasi and Indore along with other tech institutions across India among other places. Junaid is still absconding.

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