Bengaluru Church Street blast hits dead end, investigations to begin from scratch

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The probe into the Church Street blasts case will begin from scratch and the National Investigating Agency which has so far stayed away from the case is likely to take over the probe.

The Church Street blasts case would however not be probed independently and is likely to be clubbed with the Chennai train blasts, Bijnor blast and the two robberies in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Church Street blast hits dead end

The NIA is likely to file a general First Information Report against five members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who had broken out of the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in the year 2013.

Clubbing the cases

The National Investigating Agency which is awaiting an official order says that it is likely to club the cases and probe them as one. We believe that the five SIMI operatives who are on the run could be behind these incidents.

First on the priority of the NIA would be to arrest these members and then proceed with the investigation. In the Chennai train blasts the NIA had relied on circumstantial evidence to conclude that it was this gang of five which could have carried out the blasts.

There is proof on CCTV that the same five members had carried out a blast in Bijnor and also the two bank robberies in Karimnagar and Madhya Pradesh. Clubbing these cases are they appear to have common accused would help the probe an official with the NIA informed OneIndia.

Church Street blasts hit a dead end

Meanwhile the police in Bengaluru admit that the Church Street blasts have hit a dead end. The officers have travel almost the length and breadth of the country to find the accused. They have even brought down two accused from Bihar and questioned them to no avail.

Police Commissioner M N Reddi in a media interaction indicated that the probe would be handed over to the NIA. There is discussion on this subject and a decision would be taken soon he said. He also pointed out that till now there has been no breakthrough.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had recently written to the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah to speed up the probe in terror related cases. It was also stated that the five SIMI members who have been on the run pose a major security threat.

The Intelligence Bureau officials have also picked up intercepts that suggest that these members had even visited Kerala and took part in a camp at Aluva. It appears as though this camp was held in a bid to revive the movement.

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