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Fresh leads in Ahmedabad blasts probe, more detained

Fresh leads in Ahmedabad blasts probe, more detained

Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 28, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Fresh_leads_in_Ahmedabad_blasts_probe/articleshow/3295540.cms

Two days after sixteen blasts ripped through Ahmedabad city killing 49 and wounding more than 200, new leads are emerging in the case.

Police on Monday said that 13 bicycles, two cars and a bus were used in Saturday's blasts. But, unlike in Jaipur blasts where the cycles were purchased, these cycles were rented for Rs 80 per day, police said. The police are now looking for the guarantors of the rented bicycles, in order to get their hands on the perpetrators. When renting a bicycle in Ahmedabad, he/she requires a guarantor.

The police questioned some of the cycle dealers of the city to find a lead, the sources said.

Police were also talking to a person who claimed that he had seen suspected bombers parking cycles in Raipur area here, they said.

In another lead, the police said that the car used in the blast is said to have followed the three ambulances which rushed blast victims from one of the blast sites -- Maninagar to the Civil Hospital.

Bhatia said police have not issued any sketch of suspects so far and added that efforts are on to find out details of the car used in the blast at the Civil Hospital.

The registration number of the car was that of a two-wheeler, he said.

Meanwhile, several persons have been detained for questioning in connection with the two cars that were found packed with explosives here, Police Commissioner R M S Brar said on Monday.

"We have not found any leads into who was behind the planting of explosives in the Surat city. But several people have been detained for questioning," he said.

The contents of Sunday's find have been sent to a forensic science laboratory for testing, Brar said. The two cars loaded with explosives had number plates from Vadodara city.

"On investigations we have found out that all the number plates are of two-wheelers. They (terrorists) used fake number plates to mislead the police," Brar said.

A live bomb was also defused near a hospital in New Citylight area after some residents informed police.

Surat continues to be high alert with tight security at all major entry and exit points. All vehicles are being checked thoroughly, Brar said.

Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas, who is also the government spokesman, said, "It would not be proper to name any organisations before the security agencies involved in the investigations find out the truth about who were behind the blasts".

The state government has formed a special committee headed by Principal Secretary (Home) Balwant Singh to coordinate with Central security agencies and state agencies probing the blasts.

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