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No leads, cops try to put together blast puzzle

india Updated: Oct 01, 2008 00:25 IST
Rathin Das & Presley Thomas
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The police and anti-terror squad haven’t had much success as they try to piece together Monday night’s explosion in the busy Suka Bazaar here that killed two people. They’re yet to identify the culprits as well as the method used by them to trigger the explosive.

The police have denied reports that some motorcyclists dropped a packet that exploded. District Superintendent of Police Rajendra Brahmbhatt, however, did confirm that the vehicle had been parked in the market for long.

The police, however, have a theory. The battery of the bike could have triggered the blast. The explosive could have been planted on the right side of the seat with a wire connecting it to the battery. If true, it would be first such incident.

Anti-Terrorist Squad DIG Shamsher Singh, who rushed to the town, Monday night, was seen consulting an automobile expert. Singh has been briefed on the theory. Though no arrests have been made, but half-a-dozen youngsters have reportedly been picked up for questioning. Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind’s Gujarat unit chief Mohammad Shafi Madhni was also being questioned.

All eyes on forensics

Like Modasa, Malegaon investigations, too, haven’t thrown up any lead. Security agencies are yet to identify the perpetrators or the explosive used. Superintendent of Police Sanjay Patil said, “…we’re still in the process of ascertaining the substance used.” Requesting anonymity, a forensic expert said,

“We’re still to find any trace of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that has been commonly used in recent blasts.” Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil said the nature of blast and explosive would be known after receiving reports from forensic lab.