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Feb 22, 2013 at 04:21pm IST

Hyderabad blasts: Investigators probing three suspects from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand

Hyderabad/ New Delhi: Investigators have developed some leads in the Hyderabad twin blasts case and are working on three specific names that have been under suspicion by the Hyderabad Police. According to sources one of the suspects belongs to Uttar Pradesh, the second is from Bihar and the third is from Jharkhand.

Hyderabad Police teams are helping the Nation Investigation Agency (NIA) on a development linked to a raid conducted on January 18 in a lodge in Hyderabad. The suspect staying in the lodge under an assumed name had escaped a few hours before the raid happened, sources say,

The Hyderabad Police are treating the developments as a one of the key leads in the probe and investigators are specifically looking at multiple similarities with the August 2012 blasts in Pune, Maharashtra.

Initial forensic samples from two blast sites in Dilsukh Nagar indicate traces of ammonium nitrate, urea, petrol and shrapnel.

Meanwhile, the death toll has now climbed to 16 and 117 people have been injured in the twin blasts. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has come under fire in Parliament over intelligence failure. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the question as to why there was no alert despite intelligence inputs of a possible terror attack.

Shinde has assured that the NIA and Andhra Pradesh Police would jointly conduct an investigation. The investigating teams visited the blast sites to get hold of all forensic evidence.

Initial investigations suggest the modus operandi matches that of the Indian Mujahideen.