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Police release blasts suspect's sketch

india Updated: Aug 30, 2007 01:19 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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Under immense pressure for not making any breakthrough in the twin bomb blasts investigations even after four days, the City Police on Wednesday released a sketch of a suspect said to have caused the blasts at Lumbini Park, in which eleven people were killed.

Special Investigation Team Chief M Punna Rao released the sketch at a media conferenceon Wednesday evening. "This is the sketch of the suspect at Lumbini Park. The suspect is aged 25 years. His height is 5 feet 8 inches. His complexion is very fair. His hair is very smooth. We made the sketch based on the description provided by an eye witness who had seen the suspect. The suspect was carrying a black bag," he said.

The suspect, clad in a white striped shirt and plain glasses, had kept a seat empty on either side and kept the black colour bag near his leg. But there was no exchange of communication between the witness and the suspect.

He said that the eyewitness was seated next to the suspect for some time but on spotting his friends, he (eyewitness) moved three rows ahead while the alleged culprit was still sitting there. The witness also received an injury in the head when the ball bearings from the blast hit him. But these were superficial injuries.

Rao said that the eyewitness (whose identity is being withheld for security reasons) was treated at a local hospital and recovered quite well. "He gave us a graphic description, very pinpointedly shown the place where he and the alleged culprit were sitting (in the amphitheatre of Lumbini park for watching the laser show )," he added.

Based on the description provided by the witness, a computer graphic professional from Mumbai , requisitioned by the police, made the sketch. Subsequently, the sketch was cross-checked with the eyewitness who said that it was more than 90 per cent accurate.

Punna Rao appealed to the public as well as those who had been to Lumbini park that day to pass on any information they had about the suspect. "If you have watched the suspicious movements of this person, kindly inform us and help us in the investigaton of the case. 594 persons had watched the Laser show that day. Maybe some of them might have watched the movements of this person," he said.

Asked about the investigations so far, Punna Rao claimed that "there has been very considerable progress but it is very premature to say anything more. We are following a systematic line of investigation. To questions whether the police have made any arrests so far or detained some persons for questioning, he shot back leave these questions aside."

He said that anyone having clues could contact him on his cell phone 09490616002 or contact the additional DCP on his cell 09490616129.

Meanwhile, police has questioned some Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens overstaying in the city.