Hyderabad blasts to be probed by NIA
The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday decided to hand over investigations into the February 21 twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy arrived at the decision following a meeting with the police top brass. The police have come in for criticism for failing to make a breakthrough even 11 days after the blasts in which 16 people were killed and 117 injured.
Moreover, a section of the Muslim community and rights groups have expressed fears that the state police investigations might not be impartial.
State home minister Sabita Indra Reddy, who participated in the meeting, said it was felt the NIA should be allowed to handle the case as it could operate on a wider plane.
Incidentally, the probe has been handed over to the NIA in the face of resistance from the state police, according to a source privy to the development. “Intervention at the highest level ensured the NIA got charge,” the source said.
Terror suspect held in Ranchi
Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Manzar Imam, whose name has cropped up in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts and another case in Kerala, was arrested in Ranchi on Monday. A joint team of the NIA and the police nabbed Manzar from Ranchi and produced him before a local court, which granted the NIA five-day transit remand to produce him before a Kerala court. An NIA official said Manzar, a Ranchi University gold medallist in MA Urdu (2007), would be questioned on whether he had any information about Hyderabad blasts.