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Fresh reminders to Iran in Israeli car bomb attack case

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New Delhi: With the Israeli diplomat attack case hitting a roadblock a year after the incident, Delhi Police has sent a reminder to five countries including Iran seeking urgent cooperation in unravelling the plot.

Official sources said a reminder for action on the Letters Rogatory was sent to Iran recently as a probe hinted at involvement of its nationals in the attack, the first of its kind in India's terror history where a foreign national was targeted in the country by a suspected terror group of another country.

Besides Iran, reminders were sent to Israel, Thailand, Malaysia and Georgia from where the Delhi police wanted to procure certain documents pertaining to the case, the sources said Tuesday.

The reminders were sent in an attempt to take the case forward which otherwise has hit a dead end following alleged non-cooperation by authorities in Tehran in executing arrest warrants against four of its nationals.

Apart from arresting Syed Mohammed Ahmed Kazmi, an Urdu journalist, for allegedly being a part of larger conspiracy in the bombing incident, the probe could not make a headway as the suspected main bomber Houshang Afshar, an Iranian national flew into Iran from Malaysia.

Delhi Police has filed two chargesheets in the case which names four Iranian nationals and Kazmi, who was granted bail by Supreme Court in October last year after having been arrested in March, 2012.

However, it was being felt that the case cannot be brought to its logical conclusion until the alleged bomber and his accomplice in the case were not questioned. Delhi Police has named Afshar as the main accused who had planted a bomb on the vehicle of Israeli diplomat Tal Yeshua on February 13 here last year that left the diplomat injured. The bombing took place barely 500 metres from the high-security residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

PTI

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