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Updated: February 15, 2012 08:29 IST

Delhi blast: hunt gathers pace for motorcyclist

Devesh K. Pandey
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A policeman checks the contents of a bag carried by a motorcycle rider at a check point near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday.
A policeman checks the contents of a bag carried by a motorcycle rider at a check point near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Even as the hunt is on for a motorcyclist who attached an improvised explosive magnetic device to an Israeli diplomat's car on Aurangazeb Road here on Monday, the Delhi Police have sought footage of the closed-circuit television cameras in nearby buildings, the Israeli Embassy and the Canadian High Commission.

“We have sought the footage of the past seven-eight days. As the Canadian High Commission is located close to the spot, we have approached them for footage,” Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta said.

Police have identified 16 CCTVs installed at bungalows along the road and in nearby areas and their footage are being sought.

Police suspect that the terrorist must have conducted a reconnaissance of the area and tailed Tal Yehoshua Koren — embassy official and wife of Israel's defence attaché, who was seriously injured in the blast — to ascertain her daily routine.

Police, however, have not come across any significant grab revealing the assailant's identity or the motorcycle's registration number. From an eyewitness account, they believe that the motorcycle's colour was red. On that basis, they have questioned five persons. Another person has come forward to reveal that he had passed by the Israeli Embassy around the time of the explosion.

As described by the eyewitness, the device affixed to the diplomat's car was not bigger than a palmtop or a brick.

“The bomb would have exploded in three to five seconds after it was stuck to the vehicle. While escaping, the motorcyclist hit a bollard dividing the road, moved to the other carriageway and apparently took a left turn before speeding away,” he said.

Police are not yet sure whether the bomb was triggered mechanically or detonated by a remote control device or a timer. But they have found magnet pieces at the spot.

Given that such a bomb has been used for the first time in the country, police suspect the involvement of a terror module well trained in handling explosives, and probably having links with international terror organisations.

“The attacker managed to escape from the spot within seconds and without sustaining any injury, which shows that he was well trained,” Mr. Gupta said.

Neither the injured Israeli Embassy official nor car driver Manoj Sharma saw the motorcyclist, Mr. Gupta said.

Police are yet to record the statement of Ms. Koren, who was going to pick up her children from school when the blast took place.

The eyewitness, a resident of Patparganj in East Delhi, was driving a Ford Ikon behind the embassy car. He claimed that he saw the motorcyclist sticking a box-like object at the right rear end of the car seconds before the explosion.

As part of investigations, the whereabouts of foreign nationals are being checked by police and intelligence agencies.

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Our forensic department needs a revamp. It is not a Intelligence agency failure per se, but it is a wake up call. The timing of the bomb indicates Iran government is not directly linked. Iran is right now in crisis and is afraid of public uprising. The Iranian government is hijacking the nuclear issue to divert the public opinion. Their recent Internet censorship proves their public are more concerned with their local needs. We need a separate infrastructure focusing on security. We need separate building, a separate set of people recruited from different fields, a good number of mathematicians. If we wanted to be a super power investment in this direction is required. You cannot provide security cover for the second largest populated country without a good infrastructure.

from:  fasal
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 12:40 IST

This is a big concern for India, our Homeland security has to be strengthen events like these will keep occurring, blasts and explosion can occur anywhere anytime, although the concerned security forces are doing their role,and to strongly mention it is high time for us the common public to be highly vigilant with such activities if needed such training must be taken and to not only depend on the helpless security.....

from:  Mike
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 10:05 IST

This could very well be done by US and Israel to garner international sympathy and mobilize forces to attack Iran. The US and west play such tricks whenever they want to attack or destabilize a country. They have been doing these things for decades. This is the job of CIA. Just see the case of CIA agent Headley. After Mumbai attack he was caught in US and living there happily in state custody. What is the issue with Iran building nuclear weapons when US and west have amassed them and have in thousands. Let them first stop producing and dump their nuclear arsenal and then ask the world to do the same. There can not be two rules in this world on this aspect. Every country has a right to protect

from:  Sree
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 09:51 IST

Also Pakistan's ISI's role cannot be ruled out. India is hoping that its partnership in trade with Iran would translate into having some influence over Afganistan after the US pulls out from there.So it is perfectly reasonable from ISI's point of view to stage an attack like this since it serves three purposes - 1. sabotage India's relationship with Iran thus scuttling our efforts to influence Afganishtan from the west. 2. serve its perennial goal of disrupting peace in India. 3.Paint India as an unsafe destination for foreign visitors, especially Israelis.
Whoever turns out (or not)to be behind this attack,have proven once again that anyone with the necessary resouces and resolve can conduct an attack like this at will in our country. Citizen of India are at their mercy.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 08:06 IST

Why do not we privatise Police department to Israeli or America? There is nothing wrong as America out source thier Accounts and Information Technology to India. Because our systems got paralysed and staff working in systems do wonderful post mortum reports rather than prevention of crime.

from:  Kumar Pandruvada
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 07:42 IST

The perpetrator or the organisation behind this appalling act may never be ascertained.A similar bombing was engaged to eliminate an Iranian nuclear scientist in Iran was reported in the media,and the fingers pointed towards Mossad of Israel.This may be an attempt to jeopardise the relations of India with Iran and Amerika is averse to our relationship with Iran.They were using nuclear Isreal as a deterrance,and as it is crumbling,the are asking us to stop oil imports from Iran.India should not react in haste.We should use all our resources to establish without any doubt,who and what organisation is behind this act.

from:  k.sugavanam
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 07:25 IST

Its realy not good for our country .that within 500 m from the PM house a bomb blast takes place. we can't tolerate this.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 08:28 IST

So funny....I'm sure, these police men will cause inconvenience to common man, but they never ever check, when culprit is there...Don't know, how they will get skipped from these belly police....any let them continue the drama for some time to entertain/fool us.

from:  Shetty
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 07:37 IST

Cant allow this in India the perpetrators needs to found and punished .

from:  Shivan
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 07:32 IST

I find it funny from the pic that police is hunting for the motorcyclist and checking bags for suspicious items...seems like the people responsible are so foolish to still roam around in the motorcycle carrying explosives!!!!!!! This is how investigation is carried out!!!!!! Whoa!!!

from:  Indrajit Paul
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 07:13 IST

Maybe the attacker was not well trained and that's why the target did not die. India will be under tremendous pressure to blame Iran without any evidence. The warmongers attacked Iraq and other countries without any cause. India should look after its own interest and must not become a pawn in the hands of neo imperialists. The nuclear deal with the US and arms deal with Israel is no favor to India. The two countries are bankrupt. They need money and that's the reason they are selling to India. Their need to sell is more than India's to buy. While India needs arms but she needs oil more than anything else. India cannot forget that after overthrowing Saddam, USA cancelled India’s oil exploration contract with Iraq. India lost billions of rupees on the venture.

from:  Amrit Rao
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 07:09 IST

Indian Security should be Like Other developed nations not only in terns of equipment but also intelligence Gathering.Both the people and the government should cooperate on this after all it's the lives that are being affected.We need a strict law not only in metros but every towns,cities and district headquarters..

from:  Abhijeet Panda
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 00:06 IST

Before any of us make full deductions we need all the known facts, including, but not limited too, the NATO countries. We are playing with very heavy stakes. It becomes so easy to deploy and regret later. If in fact Iran is behind the bombing, a unified stance with the UN should be taken on what additional "noose tighting" things can be done to show a very unified, very serious stance giving Iran a very lonely, single pursuit feeling.

from:  l.p.sica
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 00:06 IST

In this case, our public awarness is very essencial. If our public suspecting anybody on their way while going to outside, they must inform to police. Our Police also must have keen intrest to watch in loadges, rented houses for suspected persons. Every police station must have a permanent team for above purpose. Centrel govenment must give fund directly to these teams, so that these teams can work effectively without financial burdens.

from:  kuppuswamykesavan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 23:38 IST

It is amazing, that everyone hints Iran or other terrorists for this attack. The US and the Israelian agencies play a major role in this issue. They do not fear to kill even their own people to get an satisfying overall result, they don't stick at nothing. It is not a coincident, that this attack happened in the same time, when India and Iran are getting closer economically, and the Indians do not participate the sanctions over Iran. Which reasons should Iran have to act in India, when India is so important for them? If they had something like this in their mind, they would have chosen countries like Mongolia or Vietnam to do that. I think this whole thing is a big mess, India should just come over it and keep on going with their Iran policy as before.

from:  S.S. Nimbalkar
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 23:19 IST

It seems india is forced to a corner by the two sides involved. But this is the time when india should stick to its main weapon and thats diplomacy because india cannot afford to take sides as the matter of fact is india needs to be close to both sides as the stakes are huge.

from:  shubham bhatia
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:55 IST

It is time India impressed on the various nations concerned that India will not allow its soil to be used as a battleground to wage their mutual wars. That the bomb exploded in a street that could have easily killed other people around the car who would be Indians and also that it happened just 500 meters from the residence of the Prime Ministers are matters of great concern that India should impress upon the perpetrators of this deed that we would not tolerate.

from:  Karthick Roy
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:03 IST

So long as the different sides in this conflict remain confident that
they know who was responsible, the chances are that they will continue
to try and strike back”

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:07 IST
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