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Two police officers involved in the investigation and trial of the Parliament attack case of 2001 said it "was not easy to prove terror-related cases in court" and the "Supreme Court cannot be hoodwinked to pronounce death sentence against anybody."
Dismissing allegations that there was a bleak chance that the key accused, Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged at Tihar jail on Saturday could have been innocent, one of the officers said it was a "watertight case" and that he had also given several presentations on the subject at the police academy in Hyderabad.
The two key officers who probed the case — ACP Rajbir Singh and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma — are dead.
Singh was shot dead by a property dealer in Gurgaon and Sharma was killed during an encounter with alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives at Batla House in 2008.
Ashok Chand, the then DCP (Special Cell), who was also instrumental in solving the case, said: "It was a challenging case. We caught the perpetrators and filed a chargesheet against them. The law has taken its course." Ashok Chand is posted in Belize on an MEA assignment.
Ajai Raj Sharma, the then police chief of Delhi, said the involvement of Afzal Guru in the entire plot was beyond any doubt and the evidence collected by police established that he was the key facilitator and conspirator.
"We solved the case in two days. The first thing we did was preserve all the evidence available at the scene of attack. The weapons — AK 47s, 9 mm pistols, grenades — everything was neatly preserved. The mobile phones lying near the bodies of the dead militants had also been seized. The SIM cards gave us vital clues and established the role of Mohammad Afzal in the entire plot. He was constantly in touch with the militants," recalled Sharma.