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Mysterious biker part of team?
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung/TNS

New Delhi, February 14
After yesterday's blast, Delhi Police is still piecing together information on the possible escape route of the motor-cyclist who planted the bomb.

Sources said the motor-cyclist could be a part of a small team that arranged logistics and even had a plan-B ready. The other members of the team could also have been close by when the man riding a red-coloured motor-cycle planted a magnet bomb on the car carrying an Israeli woman diplomat. The woman, Tal Yehoshua Koren, was injured along with three others.

The unidentified biker could also be local resident who knew central Delhi very well and was aware of the lanes that facilitated his escape. "It would be impossible for an outsider to run a motor-bike and plant a bomb all by himself", said a senior officer.

It is also being probed if the man parked the bike somewhere and then took some other mode of transport.

Investigations have revealed the bomb was placed on the right side of Innova's rear end. The vehicle is also used by the woman's husband who is Israel's defence attaché.

The only eyewitness, Gopal Krishnan, of Delhi Police said: "I saw a motorcyclist who placed the bomb at the rear end of the car.

He overtook the vehicle and drove away towards the left turn at the traffic signal of Aurangzeb Road (towards Safdarjung Road)." This leads to South Delhi.

The car was mainly damaged due to the incendiary effect of the bomb. The inner part of the vehicle's rear door turned into splinters under the blast impact, thus causing more injuries to the diplomat.

Commissioner of Delhi Police BK Gupta said: "Luckily the fuel tank was unaffected. Otherwise, the impact would have been greater."

The Innova, besides an Indica car and an Omni Van that were damaged in the blast were sent for examination to the Special Cell office at the Lodhi Colony police station.

The police while examining the CCTV footage of a residence at Aurangzeb Road saw a motorcyclist, whom they later detained. He, however, has joined the investigations and is not a suspect.

The police commissioner said video footages of the past seven-eight days of all buildings, including government offices near the bomb site, are being examined. Five motorcyclists were detained, but they were discharged.





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