Biju Govind

Kozhikode: Exactly a year after the twin blasts in Kozhikode city, the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) Special Investigation Team (SIG)-III, which has been entrusted with the case, has not made any significant breakthrough in the investigations.

Over 200 people were interrogated in the case, which was initially investigated by the local police, then by the Special Investigation Team of the City Police and now by the Crime Branch. So far no arrest has been recorded.

The first blast occurred at the KSRTC bus station on Mavoor Road at 12.45 p.m. and the second one, 10 minutes later, at the Mofussil bus station, less than a kilometre away. Although the police then claimed to have identified eyewitnesses who had seen the culprits involved in the explosions it remains a mystery that the Crime Branch has not been able to crack open the case. The Kannur Range Deputy Inspector General of Police V. Shantaram then had also released two sketches of the suspects on the basis of descriptions given by the eyewitnesses.

During the investigations by the SIT led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (District Crime Records Bureau) T.F. Xaviour, it had interrogated several people including activists of several fundamentalist outfits based in Kozhikode. The team also made much headway in the investigations such as tracing one of the suspects residing at Kottakkal in Malappuram district. However, before the SIT could nab him the suspect fled to Dubai. Investigating officers had also confirmed that the materials used for the blasts were potassium chlorate and carbon but it had not been able to establish whether timer devices or remote control equipment were used in blasting the explosives. Mr. Xaviour associated with the probe after the case was handed over to the CB-CID.