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Delhi Police solve Mumbai blasts case

July 17, 2011

The Times of India reported today that Delhi Police intercepted a call immediately after the Mumbai blasts on Wednesday, which has given them crucial clues to solving this case.

Read the full report here

Basically, immediately after the blasts,  the ever alert Delhi police intercepted a call from  Mumbai  to the NCR to ask the person in the NCR if  ‘the work had been done’ and whether ‘Sharif” had been informed. On getting the answer ‘yes’, the caller hung up, and not just hung up, but ‘immediately’ hung up. The call lasted for about a minute.

This brief call was not too brief for the Delhi Police’s keen forensic skills.

From this call, the police suspect that ‘Sharif’ is none other than Mohammed Arif alias Junaid, one of the main accused in the Delhi blasts who was suspected to have fired at Inspector Chand Sharma during the Batla House encounter, and who had managed to escape.

“Arif belongs to the banned Indian Mujahideen and may have had some role to play in the Mumbai blasts. He is in his mid-twenties and belongs to Azamgarh in UP,” explained a senior police source.

And so from this one phone call, the entire case has been solved – the Indian Mujahideen are involved, Mohammed Arif alias Junaid is involved, the Batla House ‘encounter’, the most fraudulent and shameless operation of the Delhi Police yet, has been vindicated, and off they go to Azamgarh to round up hundreds of innocent Muslim youth most of whom will be released ten years later for lack of evidence, while a few will rot in prison for much longer for something they have no idea about.

The blasts happened in Mumbai.

The caller was from Mumbai.

The call came after the blasts.

To ask someone in the NCR whether some work had been carried out or not.

It lasted for one full minute.

Why should a person in Mumbai call a person in Delhi/NCR after the blasts and ask him (the person in Delhi) if the work had been done, if the reference was to the blasts?

Why should ‘Sharif’ necessarily be someone called Mohammed Arif alias Junaid?

Now, say this out loud and time it :

Kaam hua?


Sharif ko bataya?


Immediately hang up.

How long did it take?

What was the full conversation that lasted for a minute really about?

Perhaps a normal conversation about some normal work that the caller in Mumbai wanted the person in Delhi to follow up?

But it involved at least one Muslim name, and any Muslim can be all Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists.


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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr. Nowshari permalink
    July 17, 2011 1:00 PM

    Bravo bombay police for solving the case! Now, shower them with gallentry awards! Also Times of India reporter needs to be given a gallentry award for this investigiative and highly skilled reporting! What a shame!

  2. Sarakki permalink
    July 17, 2011 2:42 PM

    Nicely nailed down. Oh, the endless farce.

  3. July 17, 2011 4:17 PM

    And them some years later they will say the Muslims did not do it after all it was the Hindu extremists!! I need strength!

  4. July 17, 2011 4:23 PM

    No all muslims are not terrorists but muslim name after such incidents autometicaly set one’s mind to think on the line you have written :-
    “any Muslim can be all Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists.!!”

    • Nivedita Menon permalink*
      July 18, 2011 9:08 AM

      Me – and yet no amount of Hindutva terror will make you think all Hindus are terrorists…?

  5. geeta seshu permalink
    July 17, 2011 10:06 PM

    Reporters don’t ask enough questions…we all know that. but why didn’t the reporter ask which calls were being intercepted? All phone calls after the blasts? None of our phones could connect. Even the Chief Minister of Maharashtra said he couldn’t get through to anyone for at least 15-20 minutes after the blasts…

    Or perhaps the mysterious sharif jammed all our phones except that of his friends and the cops!

  6. July 18, 2011 1:03 AM

    Thank you Nivedita for this__for offering a voice of sanity amid all this madness. Thank God for your kind!

  7. Shaheen Nazar permalink
    July 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    Why such idiotic reports appear mostly in Times of India? In public interest someone should investigate into the working of the leading English daily. It seems Hindutva forces have planted their men on the news desk.

  8. J. Banaji permalink
    July 18, 2011 12:59 PM

    Nice work. I think Advani had already solved the case less than 24 hrs after the blasts. This wonder cop who parades as a politician and, in his more frenetic moments, as a chariot driver addressed a press conference demanding the Indo-Pak talks be called off. So clearly he had cracked the case by then, he knew some Pakistan-related group was behind it. For some reason he was reticent to share the evidence with anyone else. He was certain that would follow, as in ‘Chronicle of an investigation foretold’.

    • Sadman29 permalink
      July 26, 2011 9:35 AM

      It wont be wrong to consider the upcoming India-Pakistan talks. There are vested interest in both the countries who dont want to see two countries have a working relationship. They have picked up the timing well and there are enough politicians around to join them. Mr.Advani by his prompt reaction showing his patron he is working over time.

  9. Sunalini permalink
    July 18, 2011 2:28 PM

    Nivedita, great deconstruction :) Shaheen, unfortunately it’s even easier than that. All that newspapers need to do is…nothing. No research, no counter-views, no ‘balance’ to the story – unless it’s as openly obnoxious as Immediately after a blast or ‘terrorist attack’ the news editors just send their young reporters scurrying across to the police press conference. There, the young and harried reporters diligently record every gem spoken by the venerable policemen. Then they come back and late into the night, transcribe all those gems into a news item for the morning’s paper. All the while, the editors are very likely asleep in their beds, thinking the grim and important job of newsreporting is being done. Hurrah for news!

  10. Nomis Hubris permalink
    July 19, 2011 2:47 PM

    Sounds too much like Bollywood !

  11. Yojimbo permalink
    July 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    In fact, the media were the first to solve the crime. In less than an hour IM, JeM, HuJI etc were known to be behind the blasts. I must offer the morons, who prance around pretending to be journalists, my congratulations first.
    Our police and other investigative agencies have no idea what a scientific investigation entails. Maybe they should watch some CSI as tuition – but can they understand English? Over the years, I think I can nail down how the police does an investigation.
    1. Wait for an e-mail – An email from any Muslim guy will do and case is solved. Also, if sent by other groups – then disregard it.
    2. Round up some Muslims – No email, No problem. We can beat out the information from most people. In most cases, they get ‘confessions’ or sometimes even a ‘life’. Unfortunately, the limited intelligence of the policemen thinks that violent interrogation is the only way to investigate.
    3. Encounter Killing – No confessions, still No problem. Just do an encounter killing of some Muslims. They had been the bombers, were trying to escape – hence, we killed them.
    4. Close the Case – Some IPS guys retire, some confessions received, some encounters done, some Muslims killed – Overall, a case satisfactorily solved. Case closed. Next….


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