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Aug 13, 2011 at 08:20am IST

Mumbai: A month on, no headway in 13/7 blasts probe

Mumbai: One month after Mumbai's triple blasts, there has still been no breakthrough into who was behind it, despite various investigating agencies being involved in the countrywide probe. The question is whether the investigations have reached a dead end.

In the blasts, 26 people died and 126 were injured. A month after Mumbai's triple blasts, Opera House, the worst affected target, appeared to be back to 'almost' normal. Unauthorized food stalls have been removed, and the parking is restricted. But the metal brackets meant for CCTV cameras, are still bare and the newly installed barricade remains open 24/7.

Traders say that though they don't feel safe, they have no option but to work.

After weeks of no leads, the police expressed hope of a breakthrough earlier this week, after arresting a suspect who stole a bike on which the bomb at Zaveri Bazaar was planted.

Multiple agencies have been investigating the blasts. They include the Mumbai police, the state CID, the Anti-Terrorism Squad, National Investigative Agency, and the local police in several states.

Investigating teams have scoured several states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka, for leads.

The Mumbai police are still studying the CCTV footage compiled from the various blast sites and have prepared a suspect's sketch, based on eyewitness reports.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had claimed that everything pointed to the role of the Indian Mujahideen.

But with the Centre and state still failing to find any conclusive evidence linking the Indian Mujahideen to the Mumbai blasts, questions are being raised on the efficacy of the probe and the perceived lack of coordination between central and local investigative agencies.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far, but with no headway into the investigation even a month later, the pressure is mounting on the police to come up with some answers.