Thursday, August 30, 2007

Mumbai ATS officer to analyse twin explosions

Staff Reporter

Official to compare the nature and quantity of explosives used

Police to send team to UP to question Jalaluddin, ‘commander’ of HuJI

This could help them crack case, believe police

HYDERABAD: The city police are seeking the help of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Mumbai to analyse the bombs used in Saturday’s twin terror strikes.

A senior officer of the ATS, known for his expertise in bomb analysis, was invited to study the remains found at the two blast scenes.

Already, the forensic experts of Andhra Pradesh confirmed that usage of alarm instead of fixing time on the timepiece connected to the bomb was characteristic of the bombs triggered at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat.

The ATS officer would compare the nature and quantity of the explosives used in these explosions and the detonation mechanism with those reported across the country recently.

This would help the police find out the connection, if any, in the explosions triggered by terrorist organisations.

Team for UP

In another development, police higher-ups reportedly decided to send a team to Uttar Pradesh to question Jalaluddin alias Babu, self-styled area commander of Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami (HuJI) in India, who was arrested a month ago in Lucknow.

Huge cache

A huge cache of arms, including nine kg of high explosives and an AK-47 rifle were seized from him then.

Jalaluddin was accused of masterminding several terror attacks in the country and procuring RDX for distribution in different cities.

Shahed alias Bilal, the prime suspect in Mecca Masjid blast case, is believed to have been in contact with Jalaluddin and hence the Hyderabad police believe that interrogation of Jalaluddin would provide them with crucial clues about the twin blasts.

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