Red-faced govt orders inquiry into 'most wanted' goof

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    Red-faced govt orders inquiry into 'most wanted' goof
    India - 18 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: A red-faced government ordered an inquiry into the goof over the inclusion of Wazhul Kamar Khan in the list of 50 most wanted fugitives that India handed over to Pakistan despite Khan being very much in India and living in the densely populated Mumbai sub-city of Thane.

    An inquiry ordered by home minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday following The Times of India's report on Wazhul Kamar Khan will examine how Khan – an accused in several blasts in Mumbai and now on bail – became the 41st name in a list of 50 persons wanted who India believes are holed up in Pakistan. There were indications that heads may roll within central security organizations.

    TOI's report that Khan was living in Thane's Wagle Estate set off a blame game with the Maharashtra government asking Mumbai Police for a report, CBI saying it had no request to remove Khan from the list and home secretary G K Pillai finally accepting the buck stopped with his ministry.

    It was evident the government was deeply embarrassed by the development that undercuts the credibility of India's claim that persons accused of terror acts were hiding or find shelter in Pakistan. It made the Indian security agencies look a touch amateurish and Indian claims undercooked.

    Pillai said he did not believe Mumbai Police was responsible for the slip and said updating of Khan's status as the subject of an Interpol red corner lookout notice did not take place as it should have. Responsibility for this was being fixed, he said.

    The revelation about Khan put Chidambaram, who was in Tripura on Tuesday, in a spot and the home minister admitted that the person in the list of 50 might be wrongly named. However, he sought to play down the slip, saying, "I don't think we should make a big issue of it. It is possible there could be an error or there could be two people with the same name. I will go back and check."

    But there are no indications that Khan is a case of mistaken identity as the home minister conjectured while pointing out that he had not authored the list. "I did not prepare the list. It was prepared months ago," he said.

    The home ministry looks set to act against officials responsible for preparing the list and asked the Mumbai Police and central agencies like CBI, National Investigation Agency and Intelligence Bureau to submit written reports. Pillai's promise to come out with a detailed statement on Wednesday is a hint that some officials will face the rap for the government's discomfiture.

    The ministry sought an explanation from CBI as to how an Interpol red corner notice was still pending against Khan. The probe will cover the whole process of how the list of 50 was prepared to pin-point those responsible. "Officials say they had no prior request to remove the name of the wanted person from the Interpol lookout list," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

    Admitting lapses on the part of the ministry, Pillai said the red corner notice database was not updated. This could point to officials in Interpol division of CBI as it is the agency's job to ensure the database incorporates inputs from state police and investigating agencies. Maharashtra sources suggested information on Khan might have been inputted by intelligence officials in Mumbai.

    The probe was ordered after TOI tracked Khan in Thane and exposed holes in India's most wanted list. Khan, who was arrested in May 2010 for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund, Vile Parle, Mumbai Central and Ghatkopar blasts, has been living in Thane's Waghle Estate with his family members after getting bail.

    Some officials in the central agencies, however, continued to blame Mumbai Police for the mistake, saying the city police ought to have informed CBI after Khan's arrest so that the agency removed him from the list.

    But claiming the Mumbai Police has been inefficient cannot absolve the central agencies of their responsibility to check a list of accused being handed over to Pakistan. The final list, prepared by CBI in consultation with NIA, was also vetted by IB. All these agencies held three rounds of meetings before CBI made the final list for sharing with Pakistan during the home secretary-level talks between the two countries on March 28-29.

    An official said, "It seems none of the central agencies had checked the matter with Mumbai Police before preparing the list. It could have been a cut and paste job at some stage. We will find out who is responsible for it."

    Congress tried to defend the home ministry with spokesperson Manish Tewari saying, "An inquiry is being conducted by the home minister. Let facts regarding the matter come. Let us not jump the gun. Let us not sensationalise it." But party leaders indicated that the lack of rigour was embarrassing as it has weakened India's claims about terrorists in Pakistan.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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    Wazhul Kamar Khan says he has been living in Thane for years
    India - 18 may 2011

    MUMBAI: Terror accused Wazhul Kamar Khan today said he was shocked to learn that his name figured in the list of 50 most wanted fugitives given to Pakistan even though he had been living in Thane for years.

    "I am here in Thane since years and how come they included my name in the most wanted list that was sent to Pakistan. I was told to meet police officials today," 44-year-old Khan told PTI.

    Khan, who is into zari business, had a passport which he lost sometime back and has never been to Pakistan, he claimed.

    In a huge embarrassment to India, Khan, whose name figured in the list of 50 most wanted fugitives given to Pakistan, has been found to be living in a suburb of Mumbai, prompting the government to order a probe into the goof up.

    "I am innocent in all the cases. I had no role to play in the Mulund or any other blasts. I was falsely implicated, I have been regularly attending court proceedings and I am sure that I will prove my innocence in the court," Khan said.

    He said he had gone to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for a few years after being implicated in the blasts cases.

    "When I returned, I started a zari manufacturing unit in Mumbai's Dharavi area. By showing me as one of the 50 most wanted accused, the police are making my life hell," he said.

    Khan's wife Ayesha said they have been living in Mumbai from the past 12 years. "We belong to UP and have been living in the city for many years," she said.

    His cousin Tajuddin Choudhary wondered, "How come security agencies included my brother's name in the list when he has been here since years doing zari business. It is a blunder on the part of security agencies. Khan is the only breadwinner of his family."

    City Deputy Police Commissioner (Operations), Rajkumar Vhatkar refused to comment on the goof-up.



    Source: Press Trust of India
     
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    CBI removes Wazhul Kamar Khan's profile from 'most wanted list'
    India - 18 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) has deleted its website profile of Wazhul Kamar Khan who is out on bail in Thane but had figured in the list of India's 50 most wanted fugitives hiding in Pakistan.

    On CBI's website, Khan's profile figured on the page of fugitives against whom there are pending Interpol red corner notices and who are wanted for terror bombings in India. However, the profile was removed immediately after it became known that the government had goofed up on the terror list that was handed over to Pakistan for tracking 50 criminals allegedly hiding in that country.

    Khan's name was 41st in the list of fugitives, who include underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, his 20 aides, 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

    Khan is accused of involvement in at least four terror blasts and is now awaiting trial for his role as a foot soldier in executing them. He was arrested in May last year but released on bail two months later. He has been living in Maharashtra's Thane district since.

    Home secretary GK Pillai, who is meeting intelligence officers on Wednesday, has already admitted the mistake saying the list was prepared by intelligence agencies and they should have removed his profile earlier.

    "We deeply regret for the blunder," he told TV channels.

    The home ministry has ordered an inquiry into the issue.



    Source: Indo-Asian News Service
     

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