Patna,Bodhgaya bombs used similar timer devices : Bihar Police

Official sources said the explosives were in a cylindrical plastic tube.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 12:34 am

The same brand of clocks were used as timer devices in the Bodhgaya blasts in July and in the Patna blasts on Sunday,according to a senior official of the National Security Guards (NSG).

A team of the NSG,which was sent to Patna Sunday night for post-blasts analysis,said at least three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were defused.

“The only similarity between the IEDs used in Bodhgaya and those in Patna was the timer device — a Lotus brand watch. The make of the bombs was different,as the Patna bombs were not very neatly prepared,” said a senior officer.

Another official said the IEDs were of low intensity and could not do much damage. Official sources said the explosives were in a cylindrical plastic tube,double-coated with layers of plastic sheets and packed with a lot of shrapnel.

Meanwhile,police sources claimed that the suspects who have been arrested so far have links with theIndian Mujahideen (IM). Following questions over not taking proper precautions while defusing the bombs on Sunday,Patna SSP Manu Mahraaj said,“The bomb disposal squad followed the proper procedure. The priority was to save the situation then.”

The Bihar Police said they had named six persons in the FIR registered under various sections of the UAPA and the Explosives Act.

Cong targets Modi’s ‘negative politics’

Referring to the Patna blasts,the Congress said Monday that Narendra Modi’s “negative politics” has created a “conducive atmosphere” for “anti-national” elements to engage in such activities.

“Such elements are getting an opportunity to operate in an atmosphere of distrust. There is so much mistrust… One person who is vitiating the atmosphere the most is BJP’s PM candidate through his campaign of calumny and hatred,” said party spokesperson P C Chacko,targeting Modi for “spreading suspicion and hatred by his utterances”,

“Such acts (blasts) may be diversionary tactics against the pro-poor agenda and development politics of Congress,” he said. He also rejected the BJP’s criticism of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

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