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Mar 04, 2013 at 04:14pm IST

Hyderabad blasts: Interrogation of IM operatives continues for third day

Hyderabad: The custodial interrogation of two suspected IM operatives continued for the third day on Sunday in connection with the February 21 twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad that left 16 people dead, NIA officials said.

"The questioning of Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan is continuing," a senior NIA officer said even as he denied reports being carried by TV channels that two more suspects were picked up by the agency.

"No one else apart from the two IM operatives (Maqbool and Imran) are being questioned," he said.

Blasts: Interrogation of IM operatives continues for 3rd day

Sources said as part of questioning, Maqbool and Imran were also taken to the blast sites.

As part of questioning, Maqbool and Imran were also taken to the blast sites, sources said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had alleged that Maqbool and Imran Khan, who were arrested for Pune blast case of 2012, had recced Dilsukhnagar area where the blasts occurred.

Earlier, a Delhi court had granted NIA permission to take the custody of the duo for questioning till March 9. They were brought here from Tihar jail.

According to the NIA, the blasts took place at the instructions of IM's Pakistan-based founder Riyaz Bhatkal and the duo's interrogation would help in unearthing the plan envisaged by him.

The blasts in Hyderabad were triggered by powerful IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar. Meanwhile, Hyderabad police reportedly picked up another youth, Rayeesuddin, for questioning in connection with the blasts, according to his family members, but there was no word from police.

Andhra Pradesh Police, who are probing the blasts case, has formed 15 teams to carry out the investigation.