Bengaluru, Dec 28: One year on and no leads is what describes the investigation into the Bengaluru Church Street blast.
It was on December 28th 2014 that one low intensity bomb planted outside a popular restaurant on Church Street Bengaluru exploded at around 8.33 PM. Unfortunately one lady lost her life and three others were injured.
40,000 man hours of investigation have gone into the investigation of this blast and all the Bengaluru police did at the end of it was hand over the probe to the National Investigating Agency. The saga for the NIA continues and the central agency has no leads.
There is a lot of theory attached to this blast. However till date none know what the real motive was. Was it a warning signal or an attempt to destruct. The theory of destruction would not arise as the bomb planted was a low intensity one. Moreover if the bomber wanted maximum damage, he would planted the bomb either on December 25 or 31 when the crowd would have been higher.
Both the NIA and the Bengaluru police do not have the answers to what the motive was. There have been various rounds of analysis that have been conducted by the investigators. Scanning 2 crore mobile calls is no joke, but the exercise was a futile one and it was found that the bomber never used his cell phone ahead of the incident.
The NIA team probing the case says that they are still working on the case. The CCTV imagery is just not clear and despite analysing footage running into 3,000 hours there are no concrete leads. An official informed OneIndia that the bomber assembled the bomb around 500 metres away and connected it only at the site. This was done to avoid the risk of the bomb exploding during transition.
The officials have also questioned a host of suspects most of them who are from the Students Islamic Movement of India. None of the suspects have been able to provide any leads and the NIA gradually dropped these names out of the suspect list. The probe also explored the role of the SIMI operatives who had escaped from the Khandwa Madhya Pradesh jail two years back.
However in this case, two of the operatives were shot dead in Telangana earlier this year. Two more are on the run and the Lok Sabha was informed recently that they may have joined the ISIS. They continue to be suspects in the Church Street case. So long as they are absconding the theory would lean on the fact that the absconders are the suspects in the Church Street blasts.