CCTV footage not much use

The CCTV footage capturing the July 13 blasts in Mumbai have failed to yield anything useful, sources in the investigation said.
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Updated on Jul 29, 2011 01:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShailendra Mohan, Mumbai

The CCTV footage capturing the July 13 blasts in Mumbai have failed to yield anything useful, sources in the investigation said.

“We have almost exhausted this option but we failed to turn up with anything,” the source said.

The investigators have also tracked down almost all the vehicles damaged in blasts. “About 10 two wheelers from Zaveri Bazar and Opera house are yet to be traced back to their owners – in some cases the owners have left to various cities in Gujarat, some have sold off their vehicles, and in some cases the RTO doesn’t have a complete address,” he added.

Another officer said that investigators would track the movements of some absconding Indian Mujahideen members, including Abu Rashid, Mohsin Choudhary, Abdus Subhan Quereshi, Zabuddin Ansari and Rahil Shaikh who are reportedly familiar with Mumbai and can arrange to carry out such an operation. He added that all these suspects’ family members denied contact with their wards when questioned.

Investigators also said the bombs were similar to the ones used in the 2010 Varanasi blasts on December 7, wherein a bomb placed in a tiffin box exploded, killing a girl and injuring 20. “We see a 90 per cent similarity between the bombs. We have not been able to match the circuits,” an investigator said adding that the investigators suspect the same terrorist made both bombs, or trained the one who made the bombs for the Mumbai blasts.

“We suspect it is the Azamgarh module as they make use of easily available materials - they avoid using RDX so Pakistan cannot be blamed.”

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