The Delhi Police have prepared a list of more than two dozen markets, which deal in the sale of magnet, to trace the bomber who had placed the 'sticky bomb' on the Innova car of an Israeli embassy diplomat last Monday. Various teams have been formed to scrutinise shops in the markets as the bomber might have bought the magnet from one of these shops.
Police said a 6/4-inch magnet formed the bottom portion of the 'sticky bomb' that was planted on the rear side of the car by an unknown biker which sent the vehicle up in flames. "We have identified the markets, including Daryaganj and Lajpat Rai, from where the magnet piece was bought. This size of magnet is generally used in rice and sugar mill," a police officer said.
On February 13, Tal Yehoshua-Koren (42), wife of an Israeli diplomat, was targeted while she was going to pick up her children from American School at Chanakyapuri at 3:16pm.
Police said a mysterious biker had followed her vehicle till the red-light signal at Aurangzeb Road-Safdurjung Road crossing. He had planted a button-armed incendiary device or 'sticky bomb' on the rear right side of her car and fled as soon as it burst into flames.
"We are questioning traders who deal in magnetic strips from automotive shops in Kashmere Gate, Nai Sarak and Lajpat Rai market," the officer said.
Besides, the local police have been asked to provide details about "red bikes stolen and recovered" from their jurisdictions since 2006, sources claimed. "We are scrutinising records about stolen and unclaimed vehicles at the police station level. The crime branch has also been told to keep a tab on the case," the officer said.