New Delhi: India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the attempted terror attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on US audit firm Deloitte in Hyderabad earlier this year.
“The NIA will probe the case relating to an attempted attack on the office of Deloitte, Hyderabad, in which LeT operative Zia-ul-Haq was arrested in Hyderabad on 3 May as a suspect,” home minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in Delhi.
Zia-ul-Haq, in his mid-30s, was picked up from Hyderabad before he could strike. He worked as driver with a high-ranking official of the US audit firm in Hyderabad. He was tasked to carry out attacks in Hyderabad city as well as Deloitte’s office, said a home ministry official.
According to the official who didn’t want to be named, Zia was indoctrinated when he went to visit his father in Saudi Arabia in 1995. He was then sent to Pakistan in 2002, where he underwent training with other terrorists. In 2007, he returned to Delhi and collected grenades and weapons, the official said.
He was asked to remain dormant until he received directives from his Pakistani handlers, the ministry official added.
The home minister said the federal agency will also probe links involving the October 2007 Mecca Masjid blast, the May 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast, the 29 September 2008 Malegaon blast and the unsolved 18 February 2007 Samjhauta train blast case. Hindu radical groups are said to be behind some of these.
Asked about the involvement of the same radical groups in the Samjhauta Express blast, Chidambaram said the case has not been solved yet. “That’s why we gave the case to NIA,” he said.