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AP police team to leave for Bihar

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City police commissioner Anurag Sarma on Thursday said that a team would be sent to Bihar to question Yasin Bhatkal, in connection with twin bomb blasts here in February. Speaking to reporters, the commissioner stated that the team would quiz both Yasin and another suspected terrorist, Asadullah Akhtar, about their involvement. Yasin is a key suspect in the serial blasts on Feb 21 blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad that claimed 18 lives and injured scores.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Hyd police are jointly probing the blasts

Hyderabad: City police commissioner Anurag Sarma on Thursday said that a team would be sent to Bihar to question Yasin Bhatkal, in connection with twin bomb blasts here in February. Speaking to reporters, the commissioner stated that the team would quiz both Yasin and another suspected terrorist, Asadullah Akhtar, about their involvement. Yasin is a key suspect in the serial blasts on Feb 21 blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad that claimed 18 lives and injured scores.

Both the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Hyderabad police are jointly probing the blasts, will assign the team to Bihar. He said that both of them would be examined and if their involvement are confirmed, they would be brought to the city for further investigations.

The profiles of the two suspects appeared in the CCTV footage before the blasts, matched with Bhatkal and Akhtar. The two men were found to be reaching the crowded area on bicycles in order to plant the explosives, he told the reporters.

Sources said that the team would grill Bhatkal over his role in the twin blasts of Aug 25, 2007 at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park. The serial blasts claimed 42 lives and injured many others. Yasin's brother Riyaz Bhatkal allegedly planted the bomb at popular eatery Gokul Chat to kill 32 people.

The sources opined that the questioning would help the investigators in knowing the role played by Riyaz Bhatkal, who had lured the youth to carry out the blasts to avenge the May 18 blast carried out allegedly by Hindu militant organizations at the historic Mecca Masjid in 2007.

Upon learning about grilling Yasin, a few relatives of some of the victims of Dilsukhnagar blasts and the locals gathered at the blast site and raised slogans, demanding death penalty for the accused. Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, police beefed up security in the city in the wake of Bhatkal's arrest. Additional security arrangements were made in sensitive areas, prominent structures and crowded public places.

In order to get a breakthrough, the NIA had announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of the accused. Earlier, a local court on Wednesday slapped charges against four accused in Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park blasts case. They are all alleged operatives of Indian Mujahideen (IM).

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