Investigators are set to match the DNA of Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal with the DNA on strands of hair recovered from a defused bomb to establish his role in the 2010 serial blasts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Fifteen people were injured, five of them critically, in the blasts that took place at the stadium just hours before an IPL cricket match between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. While two bombs exploded, three were found and defused.
Investigators have already obtained a DNA match between one accused in the case, Qateel Ahmed Siddiqui, and the strands of hair found in one of the defused bombs. However, the Bangalore police investigations in the case received a setback as Siddiqui was killed in June 2012 in a fight in the Yerawada prison in Pune.
With the Bangalore police finally getting Yasin’s custody on January 17, the investigation process is set to be back on track again.
Sources familiar with the investigation said Yasin’s blood samples would be obtained to conduct tests for DNA matches with the strands of hair recovered during the police panchanama process done immediately after the failed bombs were found on April 17 and April 18, 2010.
The 32-year-old terror suspect is currently being interrogated at an undisclosed location in the city.
As part of the investigation process since obtaining his custody, the police are trying to find conclusive, independent evidence to link Yasin to the stadium blasts.
So far, the police have statements of several accused linking Yasin to the attack and are looking for independent corroborative evidence, including witnesses who could testify during trial to Yasin’s participation in the planning and the blasts at the stadium.
Over the next few days, Yasin is likely to be taken to different parts of the country to establish the source points of much of the logistics which he handled personally in preparations for the blasts. Police are hoping for Yasin’s co-operation in identifying the people and places from where he obtained the timers, the explosives and other raw material used for making the bombs as well as those who helped him rent a house in Tumkur to prepare for the blasts.
One key source of technical, independent evidence obtained in the case so far were the strands of hair found stuck to the packages in which the three failed bombs were placed. One round of DNA tests were conducted to match these strands of hair to three men, who were known to be a part of the stadium blast operation along with Yasin. The three — Qateel Ahmed Siddiqui, Gayur Ahmad Jamali and Aftab Alam, all residents of Dharbanga in Bihar — were continued…