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13/12 case: Sixth terrorist was a woman

13/12 case: Sixth terrorist was a woman

Author: Biresh Banerjee/New Delhi
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: December 21, 2002
The five member fidayeen squad that raided Parliament House on December 13, 2001 was initially to have comprised of six terrorists.

The sixth terrorist was to have been a woman and her name was to have been either Dimple Sehgal or Radhika. The Special Cell while retrieving information from the laptop seized from Mohammad Afzal and Shaukat Hussain came across the partially scanned image of an I-card with the name Dimple Sehgal. The scan was prepared on December 1, 2001 and the name Radhika was written by hand on the I-card.

Information received from the computer confirmed that a fake computer institute's I-cards of the dead terrorists were prepared on the computer and saved as 'BMP' files.

The terrorists had initially planned to enter Parliament House on fake Indian Army I-cards and the computer records supported this fact with the incomplete Army I-cards that were prepared on the computer on December 9, 2001.

From the bodies of the killed terrorists, police had recovered I-cards of a computer institute.

On December 1, 2001, the terrorists had prepared on the computer, I-cards in the name of Ashiq Hussain and Asif Mustafa showing them to be employees of Cyber Tech Computer hardware solutions.

Another I-card was made in the name of Riaz Ahmed of Xansa Web City Education. Interestingly, the addresses given along with these names were the ones in Gandhi Vihar and Christian Colony where Shaukat and Mohammad Afzal had arranged safe houses for the terrorists.

Eventually, the terrorists decided to drop the Muslim names and replaced them with Hindu names.

So on December 13, 2001 police recovered from the bodies of the five terrorists, I-cards in the name of Sanjay Kaul (Haider) of Xansa, Ashiq Hussain Khan (Mohammad) of Cyber Tech solutions, Anil Kumar (Hamza) of Xansa, Raju Lal (Raja) of Xansa and Sunil Verma (Rana) of Xansa.

The day earlier, on December 12, 2001 the terrorists had created the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sticker that they stuck onto their ambassador car. Police investigations revealed that after November 2001, expensive devices such as HP Deskjet printer and Vista Shuttle Scanner were installed on the computer to scan and print the I-cards and stickers. An important clue that helped nail the connection between Pakistan and the terrorists was the computer having a dial-up setting of a Pakistan based Internet service provider (ISP), which was used for communication between the terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan.

Interestingly, the user name to access the service was "m_no.1" and the password was predictably 'AK-47'.

In the regional settings of the MS Windows ME operating system on the laptop, the country name was given as "Saudi Arabia". The terrorists had familiarised themselves with the architecture of Parliament House in the form of television shots saved on their computer.

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