Terror list goof-up: CBI suspends officials

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Mumbai: In more embarrassment for the Central government another man – Feroz Rashid Khan named in India’s Most Wanted list of terrorists allegedly hiding in Pakistan was found to be in Arthur Road Jail.

Feroz Rashid Khan, 51, stands 24th on the list of most wanted fugitives supposed to be hiding in Pakistan. Feroz was arrested by the crime branch of Mumbai police from a village in Navi Mumbai in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which had forwarded Feroze Khan‘s named to the Home Ministry for the list has owned up the mistake.

“They (the CBI) have admitted the mistake for erroneously including Feroze Khan in the list,” home ministry spokesperson Onkar Kedia told a news agency.

Kedia said the CBI had named 40 people and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had included 10 suspected terrorists in the list.

The CBI, the official said, “has written to the Home Ministry saying that they had forgotten to remove the name from the list although the accused was in their custody”.

He said the NIA has checked up its list and stands by the names forwarded. The CBI is now rechecking the names of 40 people it had given.

The CBI promptly suspended an inspector and transferred two senior officers for the error, said a statement from the agency.

Agency spokesperson Dharini Mishra said: “After first lapse was discovered on May 17, the CBI ordered an enquiry. The lapse has occurred on the part of the official in cancelling the name from the list.”

CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency has got his custody.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

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.

MHA sources have reportedly said that the CBI failed to inform the Home Ministry about Feroz’s name during compilation of the list.

Earlier, the case of Wazhul Kamar Khan being in the list had left the government red faced. Khan has been living in Mumbai suburb Thane’s Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let off on bail. He was also involved in the 2003 Vile-Parle and Ghatkopar blasts besides the 2002 Mumbai Central station blasts.

The CBI had later removed the name of Wazhul from the list and its website.

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday had accepted that the inclusion of Wazhul Kamar Khan in the list of most-wanted fugitives given to Pakistan was a “mistake”.

The Indian government had handed over the list of 50 most wanted fugitives to Pakistan shortly after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a US covert operation near Islamabad. The move was aimed at increasing the pressure on Pakistan to hand over fugitives wanted by India, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim but now after another gaffe coming to surface, the list is turning into a source of embarrassment for the Central government.

With IANS inputs

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