Israeli Embassy Blast: Court Grants Bail To 4 Kargil Students

Security personnel stand guard after a minor blast outside the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on 29 January. PTI File

New Delhi- A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to four students, arrested from Kargil, Ladakh for their alleged involvement in the low-intensity IED blast that took place near the Israel Embassy on January 29, court sources said.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dr Pankaj Sharma granted relief to Nazir Hussain (25), Zulfikar Ali Wazir (25), Aiaz Hussain (28) and Muzammil Hussain (25).

The court said there was nothing against the students that suggested they were linked with any terrorist organisation or were a threat to society, according to a report in the Times of India.

The court said nothing in the report submitted by police contained any incriminating material against the accused, the report said.

Police had alleged that this was a case of conspiracy hatched by Islamic outfits and the four were to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi and other parts of India, targeting western as well as Israeli establishment in India.

The students' counsel argued that Zulfikar, Ajaz and Muzammil were graduates and were in Delhi to prepare for competitive exams while Nazir was at home in Kargil for the last one and half years. The lawyer added that no incriminating content had been found in the posts allegedly uploaded by the men on social media.

The court noted that the report filed by the investigating officer indicated that one of the accused used to post highly objectionable material on his Twitter account against Israel, US and other western countries and his Twitter account was followed by Wazir. "Nothing in the police report suggests any of the accused persons was posting any objectionable material against India,” the court said.

The special cell of Delhi Police opposed the application saying that the probe was at a crucial stage and releasing the accused might hamper the ongoing investigation.

The agency told the court that the evidence was voluminous and it required time to complete the probe.

However according to the report, the IO has recovered all the electronic gadgets, including mobiles, laptops and pen drive holding 'voluminous' data that is being analysed. "The antecedents of all the accused persons are blemish free and they are students,” the court noted.

The Special Cell had acted in a joint operation with a central intelligence agency and Kargil Police while arresting the students.

All the accused are the residents of village Thang, district of Kargil.

A low-intensity IED blast had taken place near the embassy located at APJ Abdul Kalam Road on January 29 at around 5 pm. A few cars parked outside the embassy were slightly damaged. The case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency on February 2.

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