Delhi blasts: Bombs procured from Karnataka

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New Delhi, Sep 23: The terror suspect Saif, arrested from Bathla house of Delhi encounter on Friday, Sep 19 has revealed to Police that the bomb explosives used in Delhi blasts were procured from Manipal in Karnataka. The bombs were transported from Udupi of Mangalore district to plant in the Delhi market places. The ball bearings used as shrapnels in the bomb to maximise injuries were procured from Manipal of Udupi district and Hubli of Dharwad district, where a SIMI training camp was also organised in March 2007.

Other than the Police visits to Manipal and Hubli, the four-member Delhi police team will travel to Kerala, particularly Vagamon in Idukki district where a SIMI training camp was organised in December 2007. The Police wish to unravel the Delhi bombers" links to other states also.

The Police are working on the process of investigating how the module carried out its deadly strikes across India. The telephone records of Atif, killed in Friday, Sep 19 Delhi encounter, are being scanned. It has been confirmed that Atif was in the vicinity of all blasts sites in Delhi a day before the blasts.

The five men arrested till now are suspected to be part of a 13-member module of the Indian Mujahideen that has claimed responsibility for aserial blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and New Delhi between May and September, together killing more than 130 people. The police are still hunting for the six remaining members of the gang.

Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh had earlier said the Indian Mujahideen led by Atif had some links in Karnataka and they would investigate that aspect.

The phone call records of Atif have exposed his role in the Gujarat blasts. The 24-year-old Indian Mujahideen head had made calls from his cell phone to persons in Gujarat, whose numbers were under surveillance of Delhi and Gujarat police and intelligence agencies, a senior Delhi Police official said.

“Atif, head of Indian Mujahideen, made calls to three numbers, 971xxxx204, 971xxxx899, 972xxxx196, in Gujarat and this could establish the links of the outfit of Indian Mujahideen in the Ahmedabad blasts," the official said.

The forensic analysis of Atif"s phone by the city Police also corroborated the statements given by Mohammed Saif, who was arrested last Friday, Sep 19 for his alleged involvement in the Delhi serial blasts, that Atif was in Connaught Place for a recce on Wednesday, Sep 3, he said.

The technical analysis of the laptop seized from Jamia Nagar flat, where Atif and others were staying, also showed clippings of Ahmedabad blasts. The laptop, believed to belong to Atif, also had photographs of Tauqir and video clips of the Ahmedabad blasts, which were sent through e-mails to various media organisations.

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