B'lore blast: Sleuths rule out Yasin Bhatkal's presence

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Bangalore, April 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) personnel were examining CCTV footage from the BJP office and other private offices and shops near the site where a low-intensity blast occurred on Wednesday, leaving 16 people injured.

NIA sources said they have gathered a large amount of footage and it has been sent for further image enhancement to identify people in connection to the explosion. The explosive was placed on a stolen motorcycle.

Yasin Bhatkal wasn't present at the spot: Investigators

Investigators, meanwhile, denied reports that Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader Yasin Bhatkal had been identified from the footage. Some reports claimed that the sleuths found a man parking the bomb-laden two-wheeler and then visiting a shop before leaving the place but the investigators said there was no proof to suggest that the individual was Bhatkal, who is reportedly hiding in Pakistan.

The Karnataka police, meanwhile, said that they were following crucial leads to identify those responsible for the blast outside the BJP headquarters in the city. The police, however, refused to share details of intelligence inputs. An appeal was also made to the people of Bangalore to stay clam at the moment.

DG announces prize money worth Rs 5 lakh for information

Director General of Karnataka Police LM Pachau announced a prize money of Rs 5 lakh to anyone who could produce a credible information on Wednesday's blast. He said the police have set up three parties under the leadership of the joint commissioner and were getting help from the forensic lab.

DG Pachau said they were examining material found at the site and investigations were on to confirm what type of explosive was used in the blast. Preliminary reports said that ammonium nitrate was used in the explosives.

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