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Delhi blasts: Links traced to Muzaffarabad in PoK

Minutes after the third blast in Delhi, a call was made from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad. Have you seen the bomber?

india Updated: Nov 02, 2005 20:32 IST

Investigations into the serial blasts in Delhi indicated linkage of Muzaffarabad in PoK to the incident and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is a strong suspect irrespective of its denial, police sources said on Wednesday.

At least four terrorists were involved in triggering the three blasts in the national capital in quick succession on Saturday that killed 59 people and injured 210.

Immediately after the third blast at Govindpuri in South Delhi, a call was made from a mobile phone from the area at around 6.05 pm to another mobile phone in Srinagar, the sources said.

The mobile phone, which received the call in Srinagar, was immediately used to make a call to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, they said.

Investigators believe that the call from Delhi was made by the terrorist to inform about accomplishment of the task of triggering blasts to his master in Srinagar who, in turn, conveyed the message to a bigger master based in Muzaffarabad.

The sources said the phones used in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad are believed to belong to LeT.

Several calls were made to the mobile phone, suspected to be used by terrorists in Delhi, from Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh both before and after the blasts, the sources said.

Calls were made from Delhi to Saharanpur also, they said.

The terrorists stationed in Delhi received calls from Srinagar from a particular mobile phone a day prior to the blasts.

These calls are believed to have been made to instruct the module in the capital to carry out the blasts, the sources said.

Investigators believe that an elusive LeT commander based in India identified as Salar alias Hamid alias Afaq could be connected with the explosions.

Salar, whose name first appeared in connection with a terrorist act in 1993, is said to maintain continuous mobility, particularly between Saharanpur and Hyderabad.

He is suspected to be enjoying political patronage in Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Police, closely working in coordination with intelligence agencies, have sent several teams to Kashmir and UP to track down perpetrators of the triple blasts.

Police are also planning to question at least 20 LeT terrorists held in the capital in the past one year to get more leads that could help crack the case, the sources said.

Police on Wednesday issued sketch of a man suspected to be involved in the blasts.

The sketch of the youth, who had allegedly left behind the bag containing the bomb in a bus, was prepared on the basis of questioning of passengers and the conductor.

First Published: Nov 02, 2005 19:18 IST