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Hyderabad blasts: NIA to question 12 LeT members in Bangalore jail


Preeti Singh,CNN-IBN
Feb 24, 2013 at 03:48pm IST

Hyderabad: As the probe into the Hyderabad twin blasts gets underway, the National Investigation Agency will be questioning 12 alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba members against whom a chargesheet was filed two days ago in Bangalore. The investigating agencies are not leaving any stone unturned and are trying to gather information from anybody who falls under the radar of suspicion. Eyewitnesses are also being questioned, while records at cyber cafes near the blasts sites are being analysed.

Investigators are also scanning jail records to see who all visited key prisoners in the city ahead of those blasts. A certain prisoner called Feroze Khan in the high security Nellore jail is also being questioned about a visitor he had in January in 2012. A jail official reportedly told the NIA that Khan was visited by Indian Mujahideen suspect Syed Maqbool, who was arrested in October 2012 in connection with the Pune blasts.

The Hyderabad Police is analysing CCTV footage to see if any of the blast suspects have been caught on camera. Investigation also showed that the cycles used to keep the bombs had been rented from local shops. The CCTV footage showed five men on cycles near the blast site and the police are trying to verify their identities.

Meanwhile, police also claim that the ammonium nitrate used in the bombs may also have been locally procured.

PM visits Hyderabad

Three days after two powerful bombs killed 16 people and injured 117, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday visited the sites in Hyderabad. The PM, who was accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur, Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, said that the Centre would extend maximum support to the state government.

Singh also visited the injured at the hospital and said that he prayed for their speedy recovery. He appealed to the people of Hyderabad to maintain calm.

The PM first stopped at the Anand Tiffin Centre in front of Konark Theatre. Senior police officials explained the sequence of events to the Prime Minister. He later visited the scene of the second blast, a few meters away. The PM flew into Hyderabad in an Indian Air Force aircraft.

The BJP, however, was quick to attack the PM, calling his visit 'a non-event'. "The PM's visit to the blast site will not make any difference. It is a non event," said Balbir Punj.

Sixteen people were killed and 117 injured when two blasts ripped throw the crowded market area at Dilsukh Nagar. The two explosions took place near Venkatadri and Konark movie theatres. According to the police one bomb may have been placed on a cycle and the other was put inside a tiffin box.

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