NIA takes over ‘The Rameshwaram Cafe’ blast case

March 04, 2024 09:49 pm | Updated March 05, 2024 07:46 am IST - Bengaluru

The Bengaluru city police say the suspect may have boarded multiple buses to reach the cafe.

The Bengaluru city police say the suspect may have boarded multiple buses to reach the cafe. | Photo Credit: PTI

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over The Rameshwaram Cafe blast case. Director General and Inspector General of Police Alok Mohan confirmed the news and said a team of NIA officials met him on Monday to discuss the formalities.

Meanwhile, the city police teams probing the case have some vital clues and are working on tracking down the suspect. They will continue the investigations along with NIA officials, a senior police officer said.

The Bengaluru police said one of the CCTV camera footages from the restaurant revealed that the suspect stayed for 10 minutes at the cafe, after which he left. The IED fitted with a timer exploded minutes after he left, resulting in nine people getting injured. “The IED shrapnel hit the ceiling instead of going in all directions. This minimised the damage and injuries. Had it spread around, the casualties could have been more,” an officer added.

The Bengaluru city police, who analysed CCTV footage from hundreds of cameras, have said that the suspect may have boarded multiple buses and taken a circuitous route to reach the restaurant to plant the bomb. The police are probing the networks of at least four terror suspects from Karnataka, who have given security agencies the slip and are still at large in connection with the blast.

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