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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Hyderabad Blasts

Key CCTV footage found; Rs. 10 lakh for info on blasts
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Hyderabad, February 23, 2013
First Published: 19:20 IST(23/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:07 IST(24/2/2013)

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of a man riding a bicycle with a bag to the blast site near Konark theatre could prove to be a major breakthrough for the teams probing Thursday’s twin blasts in Hyderabad.

The CCTV footage comes on the eve of the prime minister’s visit to Hyderabad. A team of experts are closely analysing the footage and trying to identify the person riding the bicycle, said police sources.

At a press conference, meanwhile, Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma announced R10 lakh award to any person who provides credible information on the perpetrators of the blast. The identity of the person giving the information would be kept a secret, he added.

Sharma also announced the formation of a SIT to be headed by additional commissioner (crime) Sandeep Shandilya.

They would be divided into six specialised teams of 15 police personnel each, to probe the blasts at Dilsukhnagar, he said.

Sharma said, “The teams will be drawn from the state Intelligence Bureau, anti-Naxal force and the counter-intelligence unit, and each team would consist of 15 police personnel each.”

The twin blasts on Thursday evening killed 16 persons and injured 119 others.

Sharma also said various teams were gathering and analysing the footage obtained from the CCTVs in and around the blast sites.

“Any conclusion about who was behind the blast can be determined only after we go through the evidence gathered,” said Sharma.

Earlier, Sharma dismissed speculation that the CCTV cameras near the blast site were not functioning. He said the video footage was available and was being analysed. The CCTV camera at the blast site in Dilsukhnagar was functioning till about 8.30 pm on Thursday. “The speculation that somebody had cut the wire is not true. We have the footage from that camera, which we are analysing," Sharma told reporters here.

Investigators have started gathering material, forensic and other forms of evidence and experts from other agencies have also been roped in, he said.

The police have started examining witnesses on the scene.


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