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Probe not regarding ISI say Mumbai police chief

Says there is "enough" proof against perpetrators of the blasts and those involved in the conspiracy.
None | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2006 11:31 PM IST

A day after National Security Advisor MK Narayanan's remark that India does not possibly have "clinching" evidence of involvement of ISI in July 11 train blasts, the Mumbai Police on Monday said its probe was regarding perpetrators of the incidents and not against the Pakistani intelligence agency.

"Our investigations that are being carried out are regarding the perpetrators of the blasts and not Pakistan or the ISI," Police Commissioner AN Roy told reporters answering a query regarding the involvement of ISI in the blasts conspiracy.

He said there is "enough" proof against perpetrators of the blasts and those involved in the conspiracy. "Whatever evidence we have is enough to prove our case," Roy said.

Roy, however, said he had not read Narayanan's comments.

Speaking to a private news channel, Narayanan had said that India has "pretty good" though not possibly "clinching" evidence of ISI's involvement in the train blasts.

"I would hesitate to say we have clinching evidence but we have pretty good evidence. We have a number of arrests which are pretty good but there are pieces of puzzle which are not available," Narayanan said.

Maintaining that the investigators have enough evidence for the prosecution of the accused in the case, Roy said the police would utilise the 45-day extension in filing the charge sheet granted by the court to collect "more concrete evidence" to present a strong case in the court.

Rush hour blasts in seven suburban trains on the evening of July 11 had killed nearly 200 people and injured over 400.

On September 30, the police had claimed the ISI had masterminded the explosions that were carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and local SIMI activists.

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