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Delhi blast: Police question 2 J&K surrendered militants

Police finds switch-like device at the site of blast, picks up two surrendered militants in Kishtwar for questioning

The Delhi High Court blasts investigation team picked up two more persons -- Irshad Ahmed and Farooq Ahmed -- both surrendered militants, from Kishtwar town in Jammu & Kashmir and took them into questioning, officials said, adding that their computers had also been seized for scanning.

Police yesterday detained Sohaib, a BA first-year student of Degree Government College in Kishtwar and a resident of Astaan Mohalla, for purportedly sending the HuJI e-mail. Sources confirmed that the teenager has confessed that he was told by "people from across the border" that he should wait for a newsbreak or an intimation of the blast and then send the mail to television channels.

At a press conference on Friday, Union home minister P Chidambaram too did not rule out cross-border links to the blast.

After tracing the HuJI email claiming responsibility for the blast to one Global Cyber Cafe in Kishtwar, six suspects, including cyber cafe owner Mehmood Aziz Khawja, his brother Majid Aziz, Manager Ashwami, Imran, and two men named Ashiq Hussain and Sunny, were also quizzed.

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the blast, has returned to Delhi after camping onsite for the last few days.

The HuJI email was sent from the address 'harkat-uljihadi2011@gmail.com'. The outfit had on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the explosion that killed 13 people and injured over 90.

"We owe responsibility of the blast at the High Court, Delhi. Our demand is that Afzal Guru's death sentence should be repealed immediately as we would target major high courts and the Supreme Court of India," the email had claimed.

The police also confirmed that they had found a switch-like device that could have triggered the blasts, Delhi Police chief BK Gupta told reporters. He said police are verifying whether the attacker used a "timer or a remote" to detonate the bomb.

The police has also asked around 700 hotels in the capital to submit CCTV footage of the last ten days.

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