Indian investigators identify scooter used in Mumbai serial blasts

10:03, July 16, 2011      

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Indian investigating agencies have identified a two-wheeler in which one of the bombs of Wednesday's Mumbai serial blasts had been planted.

However, no suspect has been detained or substantial evidence found yet, two days after the serial bombing killed up to 18 people and seriously mauled more than 130, according to Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh.

Singh told local media Friday that 11 CDs of closed circuit TV footage were also being scanned for clues into the serial bombings.

The country's top security official said cyber experts were tracing the origins of an e-mail that may give the investigators a clue about the bombings, reported the Indo-Asian News Service.

"We have identified the scooter in which one of the bombs was planted," Singh said.

The home secretary also said several suspects were being questioned because of their "previous known linkages" with terrorists.

"There are various leads based on our previous databases, various people are being questioned, so investigation is going on, " he said.

"Now, we have all the people and the faces appeared. They have to be recognized to see whether they are locals or outsiders. That process is on. People who are not recognized have to be put through a data base," he said.

Earlier, local newspaper Hindustan Times said police have identified three suspects form the CCTV footage from a camera at the Opera House area in Mumbai, one of the three sites hit by bombs Wednesday evening.

The three men, pretending to be strangers to each other and making cellphone calls incessantly, appeared in the footage for about one hour prior to the blast in the area, said the report.

Local officials said after the blasts, all communications were cut for sometime among government bodies by intelligence agencies to control the communication flow in the city.

Meanwhile, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the government not be ambivalent towards terrorism and rather adopt a zero tolerance policy.

"The Government of India must shed its ambivalence toward terrorism," senior BJP leader and former Home Minister LK Advani said on Thursday.

At least 18 people were killed and more than 130 others were seriously injured when three serial blasts ripped through Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar West in Mumbai Wednesday evening.

Prime suspicion fell on the home-grown Indian Mudjahideen militant outfit, which was held responsible for a series of bombing attacks across India over the past several years.

The outfit was blamed for a similar attack upon a German Backery in Pune near Mumbai on Jan. 26, 2010, in which more than a dozen people were killed and injured, including foreign nationals.

Source: Xinhua
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