The police are probing the possibility of a Maoist angle to a bomb blast in running motorcycle on road outside the Sasaram district court on Wednesday that left the rider dead and two passersby, including a constable, seriously injured.
The blast, second in four months in or around the court, has prompted the district and sessions judge to write to the Patna high court about inadequate security arrangements on the Sasaram court campus.
These two incidents, along with a bomb blast in the Ara civil court in January 2015 that left two dead and about 15 persons injured, have raised serious concerns about security on the premises of courts in Bihar.
Sources said the primary investigations suggested that Wednesday’s blast had link with the earlier blast on March 11, in which an advocate’s clerk Vijay Shankar Singh was injured when a crude bomb kept in the dickey of his bike exploded.
Singh was arrested after police found proof of his links with a Maoist splinter group, TPC. He had allegedly kept the bomb in the dickey to terrorise some businessmen for levy, police had said.
The deceased in Wednesday’s blast, Sachin Kumar alias Guddu, had a property dispute with his aunt and Vijay Shankar Singh was pleading the case on his behalf, making him a common factor between the two blasts.
Besides, sources said Wednesday’s bomb was detonator based improvised explosive device (IED) made and used only by the Maoists in the region.
The deceased, Guddu, had kept the bomb in a tool kit box under seat of the bike he was riding, which exploded while he was driving the bike on main road in front of eastern gate of the civil court.
The explosion in the running bike had been recorded in the CCTV cameras installed for monitoring visitors from eastern and western gates of the court. Police believe the device exploded accidentally.
The focus of the police investigation is why was Guddu carrying the IED in his bike. Was it meant to set off a blast in the Sasaram court or elsewhere in the town? Had he any direct link with Maoists? These are among the questions police are trying to find answers to.
The mother of the deceased has told investigators he was about to take lunch at home when he got a call on his phone and left on his bike. The investigation team is accessing call details to identify the caller who might have tasked him.
Amid the ongoing probe, DJ Prakash Chandra Jaiswal has informed the HC about non-installation of sufficient CCTV cameras on the court campus besides other unimplemented security measures envisaged after the March 11 blast outside court gate.
The DJ has also sought enhancement of security arrangements, steps for closer vigil on visitors, better security cover for three magisterial courts at northern end of the campus. He has asked the district magistrate and superintendent of police to do the needful.
Superintendent of police (SP) Manavjeet Singh Dhillon, who reached the spot immediately after the blast, had called in a sniffer dog to look for clues. The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Forensic Science Lab (FSL) teams also visited the spot and took samples from the blast site.