CBI team to probe Assam blasts
After Assam Police failed to achieve any evidence in the October 30 serial blasts, the CBI took over the probe into all the nine cases registered by the state government-constituted Special Investigation Team.india Updated: Dec 18, 2008 20:34 IST
After Assam Police failed to achieve any evidence in the October 30 serial blasts, the CBI on Thursday took over the probe into all the nine cases registered by the state government-constituted Special Investigation Team.
A CBI spokesman said the agency has been handed over the cases of the blasts that left 89 people dead and nearly 500 injured.
A team of 30 CBI officials will leave for Guwahati tomorrow to take over these cases, the spokesman said, adding the team comprises forensic scientists, ballistics experts and photographers.
A notification was issued by the Centre after the state government requested for a probe by the agency to go into the details of the case.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi agreed to suggestions made by various political parties for a CBI probe into the blasts. The suggestions were made during an all-party meeting held under the chairmanship of Gogoi to discuss the situation arising out of the blasts.
The SIT, which was constituted immediately after the blasts, had arrested 11 people but could not make any headway in its probe to unravel the conspiracy behind the attack. The Assam government decided for the CBI probe as the investigations were likely to spread to some neighbouring countries including Bangladesh.
Central security agencies believe that ULFA with the help of banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia were responsible behind the audacious attack.
First Published: Dec 18, 2008 20:31 IST