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Another cell phone found in mosque pool

The cell phone and remote control are believed to have been used to detonate the bomb at Mecca Masjid that claimed 16 lives, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: May 21, 2007 00:42 IST
Ashok Das

The old city of Hyderabad remained peaceful on Sunday barring an attack on a small temple by miscreants, even as the police recovered a cell-phone and a remote control that is believed to have been used to detonate the bomb at Mecca Masjid on Friday that claimed 16 lives and caused injuries to over 50 others.

Police said that some miscreants attacked the mahakali temple at Kala Dera area in the old city, in which the idol was damaged. The incident caused tension in the area but police rushed in before it the situation could turn ugly and pacified the people.

Meanwhile a team of experts from the National Security Guards, New Delhi took up combing operations in and around the mosque and this morning for material clues relating to the blast. In the process a worker deployed to clean up the water pool (used by the people for ablutions before the namaaz) found a cell-phone and a remote control amidst other debris.

The worker also found some splinters of the bomb that exploded on Friday. One of the officer investigating the crime said that the cell-phone and remote recovered on Sunday might provide vital clues about the persons/organizations behind the blast.

On the day of the blast, the police had detected two unexploded bombs from the mosque premises placed at a distance of 100 meters from the spot where the killer bomb had exploded. One of the unexploded bombs was found in a bag hung to the iron grills on the compound wall of the mosque.

The police had recovered a cell-phone attached to the unexploded bomb. The cell-phone had a prepaid SIM card of a popular service provider and was apparently purchased in Kolkata on May 2.

The cell-phone and remote control recovered on Sunday were also sent to Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratories. Earlier, on Friday, the detected unexploded bombs and cell-phone were handed over to the APFSL for detailed examination. The APSFL is also examining the pieces of exploded bomb and other materials seized from the mosque.