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Did Delhi blast suspects take shelter in Bangalore lodge?

K.V. Subramanya

Team sent to Hassan to question lodge manager in this regard

BANGALORE: The Bangalore police are making efforts to ascertain whether the Delhi blast suspects took shelter in a lodge here soon after the explosions that claimed 59 lives.

The circumstances in which three persons stayed in a lodge in the Majestic area for a day and checked out have raised suspicion that they could be the blast suspects for whom a search is on.

Director-General and Inspector-General of Police B.S. Sial told The Hindu on Saturday that a police team had been sent to Hassan to question the manager of the lodge. Mr. Sial said the person would throw some light on those who stayed at the lodge for a day. He made it clear that the police were still not sure about identities of the three persons. To a question, Mr. Sial said Bangalore Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh had submitted a report on investigations conducted by the city police in this regard. Twelve teams from the city police, besides those from the State Intelligence wing, were searching for the suspects.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) H.C. Kishorechandra said the police were checking several lodges and other places where persons with a criminal background could be taking shelter. "We do not know whether those who stayed in the lodge are terrorists." But he could not say they were not the blast suspects, he said. Mr. Kishorechandra told The Hindu that the police were questioning real-estate agents in the city about people for whom they have got houses on rent in the recent past. The police have sought public cooperation to trace the blast suspects and to prevent acts of sabotage in the city. They have requested house owners not to let out their buildings to strangers without ascertaining their personal details.

Owners and managers of lodges and guesthouses have been advised to follow this instruction before letting out rooms. The public have been advised to alert the police control room of abandoned bags/articles in crowded areas such as markets, cinemas, airport, railway stations and bus stands. The police control room can be contacted on 100 or the following numbers: 22943322, 22942222, 22943003, 22943000, 22943030, 22942865, 22943100, 22943200, 22943300 and 22943283. Besides the quick response team at the Police Commissioner's office, dog squads and bomb detection and disposal squads have been kept on alert in the five police divisions in the city.

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