New Delhi: The Delhi
Police has asked the external affairs ministry to seek the
extradition of three Iranians against whom a Delhi court has
issued non-bailable arrest warrants for alleged involvement in
last month's terror attack on an Israeli embassy car.
According to a highly placed officer, ministry officials have
contacted their Iranian counterparts to seek an extradition order
for the three suspects - Houshang Afshar Irani, Ali Meheid Sadra
and Mohammad Reza Abolghasemi - against whom Delhi Police has
A Delhi Police officer also informed that Houshang Afshar Irani
was the man who stuck the explosive on the Israeli embassy car on
Feb 13, injuring the wife of an Israeli diplomat and three
"Irani's other two associates, who had come to India just 15 days
before the blast on tourist visas with him, left New Delhi on the
day of the incident," said the official.
All the suspects have Iranian passports issued by the Iranian
Irani, son of Ataollah, has his passport from January 2010, Sadra,
son of Seyed Ebrahim, had his passport issued on Dec 25, 2008,
while Abolghasemi, son of Mohammad Javad, got his passport on Dec
The information was revealed by arrested Indian journalist Sayed
Mohammed Ahmed Kazmi, 52, who was arrested by the special cell of
Delhi Police on March 6 in south Delhi's Lodhi Road area.
With Kazmi's interrogation, Delhi Police found leads into the case
that led them to issue arrest warrants against the three Iranians
"Irani had reportedly come to Delhi in February 2011 and met Kazmi
regarding the plan to attack an Israeli official. He also stayed
with Kazmi for some time. This time the bombers stayed at a
Paharganj hotel," said the official.
During the raid at Kazmi's house in B.K. Dutt Colony near Jor Bagh,
police say they recovered a photograph of the journalist together
Police said they have enough evidence to prove Kazmi's complicity
in the case. Kazmi, sources say, was promised good money for his
help and an instalment of $ 5,000 was already paid.
Kazmi was in regular touch with the bombers for the past one year
and had also been asked to recruit men for the operation.
On Feb 13, four people were injured when an Israeli embassy car
was struck by a bomb near the Israeli embassy in the New Delhi.
Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, suffered
multiple injuries when a motorcycle rider attached a magnetic
explosive device to her car and sped away. Within seconds, the
device exploded with a thunderous sound, setting the car on fire.
Israel had blamed Iran and its militant proxies for the car bomb