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Explosion: suicide bomber theory gains strength

Staff Reporter

Religious fundamentalist organisations' involvement suspected



THE DAY AFTER: Forensic experts collecting evidence on Thursday from the blast site in Hyderabad. — Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

HYDERABAD: A day after the mysterious explosion in Commissioner's Task Force office here, the suicide bomber theory suspecting involvement of some religious fundamentalist organisations gained strength on Thursday.

While efforts are on to establish identity of the bomber, whose severed head and limbs were found inside task force Additional DCP's chamber, a tattered piece of paper with the handwritten words `Intekham' (revenge) `Jihad' (holy war) and '70-year-old' on it was collected from the blast site.

Injured sentry Venkat Rao confirmed the civilian victim was the same person who walked inside saying he wanted to meet the higher-ups on Wednesday night. Two severed legs of the victim were found lying on either side of the bathroom in the 30"x 12" chamber. The extensive damage to the concrete structure of the chamber-- its wall facing the Greenlands main road and the roof collapsed completely-- indicated the blast impact was from the side of Additional DCP's chair to the bathroom.

The way hair on the back of the severed head was lost and the torso was blown into pieces led detectives to believe the civilian bore the brunt of the blast on his back. "This strengthens suspicions of he being a suicide bomber though possibility of premature detonation cannot be ruled out," a police officer associated with the investigation said.

Gelatine used

Explosive experts opined that gelatine packed in a box with electric detonator was used in the blast. The pieces of wires and batteries collected from the scene substantiated this.

Unlike the iron nails and pieces of glass generally used in such Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), the bomber used small metal balls as shrapnel. The explosion residue and other samples were sent to the forensic laboratory for further examination.

With the material evidence collected from the spot giving little leads about the motive and persons behind the explosion, investigators are desperately trying to find out the victim's identity. Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, who visited the spot, said: "The religious fundamentalist and violent forces behind the explosion will be tracked down and punished." BJP leader and former Union Minister B. Dattatreya urged the Government to initiate stringent action against the accused persons.

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