Making the first arrests in the Delhi High Court blast case, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the NIA today charged two Class XI students from Kishtwar with criminal conspiracy.
The two, identified by sources as Abid Hussain and Shariq Ahmed, allegedly sent the email to media houses in Delhi claiming that the Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami was responsible for the attack. They had been detained for questioning six days ago. They have been booked under Section 120(B) of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Asked about progress in the case, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said there were clues and arrests had been made. "Some people have been arrested," Singh told reporters in New Delhi. "But we do not want to disclose whatever progress we have made as it will hamper the investigation."
Though the police in Jammu refused to give details, sources said Abid and Shariq are both students of Islamia Faridia Higher Secondary School at Kishtwar. Neither has any criminal or militancy-related record.
During questioning, the two reportedly said they had not drafted the mail - seeking that the death sentence of Afzal Guru be repealed - but that someone had given it to them on a pen drive.