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Another blunder in the most wanted list to Pak


Arunima,CNN-IBN
May 20, 2011 at 08:21am IST

New Delhi: In yet another terror goof-up by the government in India's most wanted terrorist list given to Pakistan, a fugitive has been found in Mumbai's Arthur road jail. Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan was on the list given to Pakistan and was accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case.

In yet another terror goof-up by the government in India's most wanted terrorist list given to Pakistan, a fugitive has been found in Mumbai's Arthur road jail. Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan was on the list given to Pakistan and was accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case.

Number 24 in that list handed to Pakistan, Khan, is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. Feroz alias Hamza was arrested in February 2010.

A red faced home ministry has now asked CBI to look into the 41 of the 50 names provided by the premier agency.

CBI spokesperson said, "The Director CBI is taking swift action, has ordered for the suspension of the heading official who is the Inspector rank official and two officials SP and DSP have been transferred now and the Director has ordered for a complete review of the working of Interpol wing."

CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency had got his custody.

"CBI has conveyed to the Home Ministry that the lapse was on the agency's part. When CBI forwarded the list to MHA, they forgot to delete the name of this person," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

When the CBI was contacted, Dharini Mishra, spokesperson for the CBI said that the lapse took place because on the part of an officer, who has now been suspended.

"The lapse had occurred on the part of an official who failed to request the Interpol Leon for cancellation of the Rest Corner Notice (RCN) and to update the record of the Interpol wing. The CBI Director is taking swift action and has ordered for the suspension of the heading official who is the Inspector rank official and two officials SP and DSP have been transferred now. The Director has also, ordered for a complete review of the working of Interpol wing," said Dharini Mishra.

Khan is alleged to have facilitated transport and distribution of arms and ammunitions during the blast and subsequently. Mumbai police had alleged that following Dawood Ibrahim's instructions, Khan arranged for landing of arms allegedly used in the blast.

"We are examining the matter and strict action will be initiated against erring officials," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

Earlier, Wazhur Kamar Khan, whose name had also figured in India's most wanted list, was traced in Mumbai, in the first case of the goof-up.

The Opposition is demanding the home minister resign. The home ministry maintained that one error does not undercut the credibility of the entire list of terrorists handed to Pakistan.

But with another in the list now traced to a jail in Mumbai, New Delhi may well have lost upper hand.

With all names now being looked over with a fine tooth comb, is India facing the embarrassing prospect to recalling the list?

With additional information from PTI

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