RDX used in Ludhiana blast
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RDX used in Ludhiana blast

Investigations into blast at the Shingaar cinema have confirmed the presence of RDX in the explosives used, report Amit Sharma and Aloke Tikku.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2007 02:14 IST
Amit Sharma and Aloke Tikku

Investigations into Sunday night's blast at the Shingaar cinema have confirmed the presence of RDX in the explosives used, forensic experts revealed on Tuesday. Even as one of the seven people killed in the blast remained unidentified, police said they had unearthed 'vital clues', but that it would take 'another day or so' to achieve a breakthrough.

“All I can say is that we are moving in the right direction. We have obtained some vital clues and hope to come out with something definite by tomorrow,” Chandrashekhar, additional director general of police (law and order) told Hindustan Times.

A team, headed by Ishwar Singh, DIG (Ludhiana range) had been formed for the investigations. There are suspicions that an Islamic terrorist organisation like Harkat-ul-Jihad-I-Islami may have played a role, together with a Punjab centric organisation desperately trying to make its presence felt in the state.

The state police is also looking for a man believed to go by the name of Khwaja Amjad, who was asked by his handlers across the border to go to Ludhiana shortly before the blasts.

As police officers across three states try to investigate explosions in Hyderabad, Ajmer and Ludhiana – at least two of them closely interlinked – the central government is giving the concept of a federal agency another hard push.

“State police forces might be good at investigating groups operating within the state but they have no expertise in handling inter-state groups,” said a central official.

The home ministry will soon convene a meeting of chief ministers to try convincing them that if the states did not have the resources to improve their intelligence units, they should not stand in the way of a federal agency that would not have any such constraints.

One body, of a male in his thirties, remained unidentified, chiefly due to its mutiliated condition. Only a diary had been found on him which gave nothing away.

First Published: Oct 15, 2007 17:13 IST