AHMEDABAD: Khalid, Hassan and Shahealam Ansari — these are three names provided by the Ahmedabad crime branch officials to the Delhi police as the people behind the serial blasts that killed 24 in the Capital on Saturday.

The accused being interrogated for the Ahmedabad blasts and the Surat bomb planting cases are learnt to have given these three names as those involved in the Delhi blasts. This information was given by a Gujarat police team camping in Delhi to their counterparts. The team headed by a deputy superintendent of police has also given them copies of detailed confessions made by the 21 accused arrested by the crime branch in connection with the serial bomb blasts of Ahmedabad.

The team is also armed with details on the modus operandi of the gang of terrorists busted by Gujarat police. These new names have led the Delhi police to launch a manhunt in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. “We are hunting for the three accused in Azamgarh along with various other places in Delhi and UP,” said Delhi police officials. Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi, one of the masterminds of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad belongs to Azamgarh.

“It now turns out that Bashar was not only one of the masterminds in Gujarat but also in Jaipur and the recent Delhi serial blasts,” said officials of Ahmedabad city police. These names and other information have been provided by some of the accused who are now in custody of the Ahmedabad crime branch. There are three other names that have been provided to the Delhi police by their Ahmedabad counterparts — Alamzeb Afridi of Juhapura who has been absconding along with terror masterminds Qayamuddin Kapadia and Abdul Subhan alias Tauqeer.

A team of Delhi police has also reached Ahmedabad to grill Bashar. According to Delhi police sources, the serial blasts of Delhi had been planned in June and this input has been given by some of the key terror accused arrested by the Ahmedabad crime branch. “On June 14, 15 and 16, Bashar, as per his own confession, was in Delhi. The Delhi police want to know where he had stayed and whom he met. They also want to know if the terrorists arrested by the crime branch knew anything about who provided logistic support to the terrorists in Delhi.

Names of those who attended terrorist training camps in Kalol and Kerala will help get some breakthrough. The Delhi police want to grill the accused with us to know more on these aspects,” said Gujarat police sources.