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CCTV footage gives vital lead, AP forms 15 teams to crack case
Hyderabad Blasts: Police asks experts to sharpen images;
no arrests made so far
Suresh Dharur
Tribune news service

Hyderabad, February 23
Two days after the twin bomb blasts rocked a busy locality in Hyderabad, killing 16 persons and injuring over 120, the investigators today found “vital clues” from the closed circuit television cameras located at a traffic signal near the blast site.

The CCTV footage showed “some persons” moving around in a suspicious manner at the crowded Dilsukhnagar area where two bomb explosions had occurred in quick succession. A middle-aged man was seen moving with a bag hung on his bicycle.

He was seen reaching the place 10 minutes before the first blast that ripped through Anand Tiffin Centre in front of Konark theatre at 6.38 pm. The second blast occurred a few meters away at 7.01 pm. However, the faces of the suspects are not clear in the footage. The police has sought the help of experts to sharpen the footage, city Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters.

The mobile call records from the area at the time of the explosions are also being examined. The city police has constituted 15 teams, each comprising 10 to 15 officers, to track down the culprits even as the needle of suspicion pointed towards the involvement of Indian Mujahideen (IM) in the blasts.

The Police Commissioner, however, said no arrests had been made so far. “We are examining the CCTV footage, near the blast site and we have found some clues. We are not in a haste to blame anyone,” he said. The police also announced Rs 10 lakh reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the twin blasts.

“We have already gathered vital clues in the case. We are confident that we will crack the case soon,” said state Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy after a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

The Police Commissioner refuted media reports that CCTV wires had been snapped before the blasts. He, however, admitted that out of 303 CCTVs installed in the city, 38 were not functioning.

Asked about the possible involvement of IM, he said, “The investigations are underway. Unless we complete the process, we cannot jump to conclusion.” Ammonium nitrate was used in the IEDs which had timers, he said.

About the reports that the state police had failed to act on the alerts issued by the Central intelligence inputs on the possible terror strikes in the city, the Commissioner said they had received an alert from Delhi on February 15 about possible strikes in Hyderabad and three other cities.

“We did not take any warning lightly.” A high alert has been sounded in the city and the surrounding districts. Security, particularly in the vulnerable areas like crowded markets, malls and cinema halls, has been beefed up.

PM to visit Hyderabad today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Hyderabad on Sunday to take stock of the situation. Singh will visit the hospital where the injured are being treated besides taking a briefing from Chief Minister Kiran Reddy.

Pak behind blasts: Advani

BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday blamed Pakistan for Thursday's blasts in Hyderabad, saying it is involved in a proxy war against India. "The neighbouring country has not been successful in waging a war against India in the last few decades, so it has resorted to proxy war," Advani told reporters in Mumbai.





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