Informers played crucial role in cracking Malegaon bomb blast case

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Mumbai, Nov 19 (UNI) Not many may know that police cracked the September 29 Malegaon bomb blast case with the help of informers (khabris).

Due to their tip-offs, the police were able to zero in on the least likely suspect, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

A very big contribution on leads in the Malegaon bomb blast case came from the city's topmost police informer, who provided clues pointing to the involvement of the Sadhvi and some others in the blasts.

However, the police and the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials claimed the credit for catching those involved in the Malegaon bomb blast case. Their tip offs indicate that the accused could also be involved in the Ajmer and Hyderabad blasts. There is a chance now that more suspects will be picked up in this connection.

One informer, who wanted to be identified only as 'Daddu', told this reporter that after the serial blasts rocked the country, informers were in great demand.

''Before that, we were not getting enough money for the information we had been providing to the cops. Now the cops are giving us good amount in advance,'' he said.

Daddu said he had already collected Rs 50,000 from the Crime Branch as advance money. He was promised that if he came up with some 'solid tip-off', then he would be given Rs 1,50,000 more, he added.

Till recently, these informers had became increasingly disenchanted with the police, as the middle-level police officials pocketed their money, given to them for parting with crucial information on crimes and criminals in their respective localities.

The things have changed for the better after the serial bomb blasts. The police have again started giving due recognition to their efforts and also rewarding payments. The police also started distributing substantially huge amounts to the informers particularly from the minority dominated areas of the city.

Senior inspector Sunil Deshmukh, who was posted with ATS and now heads a city police station, said usually, informers are convicted criminals, who have served jail terms for offences like drug peddling and theft. Since they are linked to the underworld, they tend to have first-hand information about crimes taking place in their respective areas, he added.

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