The Mumbai blasts investigators are taking a closer look at an e-mail sent out soon after the explosions, claiming that the attack was in retaliation to the government’s inaction on creating separate Telangana state. The e-mail has been traced to a server outside the country.
Meanwhile, CCTV footage procured from one of the blast sites may have thrown up some leads regarding the attackers. The probe agencies are scanning as many as 11 tapes retrieved from the CCTVs, particularly the one installed at Opera House which directly faced the spot where the bomb was placed.
The agencies hope the footage from this camera will yield vital clues regarding the suspicious visitors to the spot in the run-up to the blast and the person who could have planted the bomb.
Hopes of an early lead also got a boost on Friday when the probe agencies traced the chassis number of the scooter on which one of the bombs was planted. The bomb is believed to have been left behind in the glove-box of the scooter. The ownership/registration records of the scooter are being checked.
“We have identified the scooter in which one of the bombs was planted. There are various leads based on our previous databases, various people are being questioned,” Union Home Secretary RK Singh told newspersons here.
The agencies are also scanning the logs of phone calls originating from and received at the blasts sites just ahead of the explosions. This is expected to throw up possible links to the underworld, a likely local terror module or even outfits across the border.
Sources on Friday indicated that the bombs, packed with ammonium nitrate-based explosives and timers, also had traces of TNT, another nitrogen-based explosive. The Union home secretary had on Thursday said that the IEDs were not crude but showed a level of sophistication and training in their assembly.
Incidentally, bomb-making is one of the crucial skills acquired by Indian Mujahideen cadres as part of their training by Pakistan- based terror outfits like the Lashker-e-Taiba. Also, IM is known to have used ammonium nitrate-based bombs with timer mechanism in all earlier blasts carried out by it, including ones at Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Bangalore in 2008.
The post-blast e-mail also bears the signature of IM, which had sent out similar mails minutes after the Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts. Though the latest email did not name IM and was sent out by an alleged pro-Telangana activist, the agencies believe this could just be a red herring to mislead the probe.
Incidentally, Hyderabad, the epicenter of the Telangana agitation, has a good penetration of home-grown Islamic terror outfits. The fact that the e-mail appears to have originated outside India, reportedly in one of the Gulf nations, has aroused the suspicion of the agencies.
What would be interesting to see is when exactly the draft of the e-mail was first created…if this is found to be before the blasts, its link to the actual perpetrators of the blasts will be clearly established.
Meanwhile, the two unclaimed bodies, one with a severed head and other with electric wires embedded in the stomach area, have been identified by their kin. The family members of the deceased came forward to claim these bodies, virtually ruling out the role of a suicide bomber in the latest blasts. Economic Times