A day after Gujarat police claimed to have cracked the July 26 serial blasts case, it’s now the Rajasthan police that is looking at unravelling the mystery behind the eight blasts that rocked Jaipur on May 13, killing 60 people.
And singing in police custody about his involvement in the Jaipur serial blasts is hardline SIMI leader Mohammed Sajid Gulam Khwaja Mansuri (35) alias Salim alias Saad.
“I am in Ahmedabad and with the Crime Branch here investigating his links and how the blasts in Jaipur were carried out, apart from who all are involved,” said Jaipur IGP (Crime) Saurabh Srivastav.
Investigations by forensic experts in Ahmedabad showed striking similarities with the bombings in Jaipur, including the manner in which the bombs were assembled and planted.
“We always suspected that some of the perpetrators were common and now we know it for sure,” said an investigator on conditions of anonymity.
Police had picked up Mansuri, who had been on the run for the last seven years, from a rented house — 33, Lukman Society, Jambusar bypass, Bharuch, earlier this week. When police had searched his house, it found several incriminating documents connecting him with the Jaipur blasts (HT has details of these documents but its being withheld so as not to hamper investigations).
During questioning, Mansuri had revealed the whereabouts of a cleric based in Banswada district of Rajasthan with who he had been in touch while he was there earlier this year.
Also, the Wagon-R that was used in the blast at the Civil Hospital — where 36 people died — had been kept at Mansuri’s house after it was stolen and brought from Navi Mumbai. The other stolen Wagon-R, which was found in Surat a day after the blasts, with more than 12 kg of explosives and a cache of detonators, had also been kept at Mansuri’s house.
Six held in blast case
A special police team on Sunday picked up six persons from Kota and Baran districts of Rajasthan for interrogations into the Jaipur serial blasts.
The team from Jaipur arrested Dr Ishaque Qureshi, his son Taufeeq Qureshi and their relative Nazaqat Qureshi from Wakf colony in Kota. They were held for giving shelter to a suspect.
In Baran, three others — Aabid, Riyaz and Waseem — were detained for interrogation.