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Breakthrough in Mumbai train blasts
Evidence of Pak link; Dy CM says conspiracy will be cracked soon
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, September 20
Investigators probing the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai’s local trains claimed to have finally found evidence of Pakistan-based terror links in the operation.

Two of the suspects arrested for the serial blasts have admitted to links with the terrorist groups, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil said here today.

The breakthrough came after investigators subjected two brothers, Faisal and Muzammil Sheikh, to narco-analysis or truth-serum tests.

Mr Patil said the entire conspiracy behind the train blasts would be unveiled in the next few days.

“We will take maximum eight to 10 days to arrest all suspects,” he added.

Mr Patil said the investigators had zeroed in on the actual perpetrators of the blasts and attempts were being made to prevent them from escaping.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), in its application to extend the remand of the two brothers, said the narco-analysis tests on them had revealed important clues which needed to be pursued further.

Refusing to divulge details, the ATS Chief, Mr A.T. Raghuvanshi, said more time was required to complete investigations.

Meanwhile, sources said both brothers were a part of a network of sleeper cells set up by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to carry out terror attacks across India.

Investigators are also probing links between Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld elements and the LeT amidst intelligence reports that both groups are sharing resources and conducting joint operations.

Following the July 11 blasts, the Maharashtra Government has decided to beef up the intelligence apparatus of the state police. Mr Patil said the Intelligence-cadre recruitments would be given the top priority and senior appointments might be made directly.



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