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Special cell takes over probe

Investigators found proof that incident could be linked to terror; no sketches prepared

india Updated: Sep 21, 2010 03:04 IST
Vijaita Singh

The Special Cell of Delhi Police was handed over the investigations in the car blast case that took place within hours after the tourist bus of the Taiwanese group was attacked near Jama Masjid, on Monday after they found specific clues indicating that the incident could be linked to terror.

On Sunday morning, two Taiwanese documentary filmmakers were injured when two gunmen on a black motorcycle attacked their bus. Two and a half hours later a Maruti 800 car went up in flames. Traces of ammonium nitrate, pressure cooker, loose wires and timers were recovered from the car. The timing of Sunday’s shootout coincides with Delhi Office's Batla House encounter on September 19, 2008.

Till late on Monday, the police had not been able to come up with any sketches of the suspects. "There are conflicting reports on the identity of the suspects. Our eyewitnesses have not been able to give any similar versions," said Jaspal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central).

While the rickshaw puller who threw a brick at the gunmen to scare them away said they were not wearing helmets, the beat constable said that both of them were in helmets. Even the tour operator on whose complaint the case has been registered told the police that they had helmets on.

Police said they have not been able to trace the motorcycle used by the accused in the crime.

"No one was able to note down the registration number of the motorcycle correctly. There were three numbers that came up and all of them have been ruled out till now," said
the officer. The police also police raided shops in the nearby areas selling raincoats and backpacks on Monday.

Police said they have also informed the intelligence officials in Mumbai about the IP address of the e-mail that was sent to BBC's Hindi service hours after the attack and they have been put on the job.