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Hyderabad: NIA checking CCTV footage showing five men near blast site


Preeti Singh, Arunima, CNN-IBN
Feb 23, 2013 at 12:03pm IST

Hyderabad: The investigators probing the Hyderabad blasts on Saturday recovered CCTV footage from the blast site that showed five men on cycles moving near the area. Sources said that the police were trying to verify the identities of the five. Meanwhile, several teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are likely to visit Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in search of the three suspects that the investigators have identified so far.

The three are believed to be Tahsin Akhtar alias Monu, alias Hasan, and his associates Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez and Wakas alias Ahmed, who, according to the NIA, are key to unravelling the Hyderabad terror attack. The NIA further has Indian Mujahideen leader Yaseen Bhatkal on its radar as the Dilsukh Nagar blasts carry the IM fingerprint - the usage of cycles, the timing of the blasts et al.

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Meanwhile, the death toll in blasts now stands at 16 with over a hundred injured. Five are said to be in a critical state and three hospitals in and around Dilsukh Nagar are catering to the injured.

Sources now also claim that a Satya Sai Baba temple in Dilsukh Nagar was also on the terrorists' hitlist. However, due to a visit by Anurag Sharma, the Hyderabad police commissioner, to the temple just ahead of the blasts forced the terrorists to shift the location of the cycle as the policemen swarmed the temple.

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Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde came under Opposition fire on Friday for his careless remarks on the blasts and the probe.

During a debate on India at 9, CNN-IBN's Bhupendra Chaubey asked Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi whether Shinde was a complete misfit as a Home Minister. Singhvi said, ".. please assume that if the Home Minister is to resign for the lust of his blood by the BJP, now tomorrow you are going to have a headless India or the Home Ministry. Our enemies are going to clap. What good is it going to do to you apart from scoring a point

BJP member Sheshadri Chari retorted that it's a waste of time to run after Shinde. Chari said, "This Home Minister, I personally feel, may be a Congressman but he has turned out to be a worst Home Minister."

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