Bangalore blast: Focus on CCTV footage

The NIA,which is assisting the Bangalore police in the probe into the April 17 blast near the BJP office,has obtained footage from all places with CCTV cameras

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: April 19, 2013 1:04 am

The NIA,which is assisting the Bangalore police in the probe into the April 17 blast near the BJP office,has obtained footage from all places with CCTV cameras in the vicinity to study the crime scene around the time of the blasts.

Apart from footage from cameras at the BJP office and a three-storied residential building,the NIA has collected CCTV footage from stores in the neighborhood of the blast site for the period around the time of the blasts. “We were open only from 10 am and the blast is recorded through the reaction of people in and around our store. We don’t have footage prior to 10 am on the day of blasts. Police have sought copies of the footage,” said the owner of a cellphone store at the corner of the street where the blast occurred.

Police sources said the analysis of the CCTV footage was yet to be completed. Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said at a press conference that all possible footage from the vicinity of the blast site including traffic cameras was being collected for analysis in an effort to see if the TVS Suzuki Max 100 motorcycle used in the blast appears anywhere.

He hinted that the case of a group of 15 youths from Bangalore,Hyderabad,Nanded and Hubli,who were arrested last year for links to terror outfits and allegedly planning attacks on Hindutva leaders,would be revisited. “We will question whoever is needed to be questioned,” he said.

Conflicting views on whether the IED was implanted in a compartment on the motorcycle like the toolkit or battery box or wedged onto its engine in a bag or merely slung on one side has emerged from the different experts who have looked at the crime scene. While a timer is suspected to have been used no recovery to indicate this has been found.

Meanwhile,one of the policemen,Ganesh Rao,who was seriously injured in the explosion was moved into the ICU at a private hospital after he was found to have suffered some lung damage on account of the smoke inhaled from the blast site. Two teenage girls,Leesha Doriaswamy and Rakshita,who suffered leg injuries as they passed the blast site from a tutorial were operated upon and are in ICU as well.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar,who visited the K C General Hospital where the majority of the injured are admitted,said the state government had no prior information of the blast. “Leaders should not politicise the incident,especially when investigations are on. The perpetrators will be known and would be in public domain soon. Until then,I appeal not to give a political colour to the issue,” he said.

Investigators visit Vellore

CHENNAI: Investigators probing into the Bangalore blasts visited Vellore district on Thursday on the trail of a few suspects,sources said. The team reached Vellore,a district bordering Bangalore,after learning that the bike used in the blast was last sold to a person hailing from here. Reports said that the team were questioning a few persons. While confirming the visit of the team,local police said that the probe was conducted entirely by the investigation team and refused to share further information. ENS

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