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A week on, police still groping in the dark over Hyderabad blasts

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Foreign students lighting candles to mark the twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on February 22, 2013.PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Foreign students lighting candles to mark the twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on February 22, 2013.PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

There has been no investigative breakthrough even a week after the terrorist attack in Hyderabad that killed 16 people and injured over 100.

Despite claims by the police of obtaining many clues, it appears to be still groping in the dark. No one has been arrested so far in connection with the twin bomb blasts, though police picked up for questioning many youth including some who were acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast.

The multi-agency investigators have yet to establish identity the terror group behind the blasts. The terror attack in the crowded Dilsukhnagar area on Feb 21 evening killed 16 people and left 117 others wounded.

Under fire for its failure to prevent the attacks despite admission by alleged operatives of the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) that they recceed Dilsukhnagar, the Andhra Pradesh Police may hand over the probe to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

A Delhi court on Thursday sent two alleged operatives of IM, lodged in Tihar Jail, to NIA custody for questioning.

The NIA will question Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan for five days. The two were arrested late last year in 2012 Pune blasts case. NIA, which has already spread the probe to several states, is looking to piece together the information to track down the culprits.

Since the blasts took place on the border between Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissionerates, the police of both the commissionerates are probing the attacks besides Special Investigation Team (SIT), Crime Investigation Department (CID) Counter—Intelligence and Octopus, the anti—terror wing of state police. The NIA, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and National Security Guard (NSG) are also participating in the investigations.IANS


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