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Probe on into RDX traces found at house rented by accused

An alert has now been issued across Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad units to look for the missing RDX,along with the perpetrators.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 3, 2012 12:29:25 am

Traces of RDX have been found by the Kalina Forensic Laboratory on the swab samples collected from the safehouse at Habib Mansion apartment rented by alleged 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts bomber and Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal. An alert has now been issued across Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) units to look for the missing RDX,along with the perpetrators.

Though the spot analysis of the explosives found at the blast sites was a mixture of TNT,petroleum jelly and ammonium nitrate,the RDX found from the bomber’s safehouse has now mounted pressure on the investigating agencies.

“We are now probing if the RDX was brought after the blast or before the serial blast. That is not clear. We were looking for a few men,now we have to look for the explosives too as this only means that it is unused somewhere,” said Rakesh Maria,Additional Director General of Police,ATS.

Police said,the question now that now remains is,“If the IM operatives had RDX,why was it not used? What went wrong?”.

The agency is also waiting for the DNA samples of the people who had inhabited the flat for six months. Of the suspects arrested,Taqee Ahmed,has told investigators that he and his friend Nadeem had helped Yasin Bhatkal find a rented space,where they saw two other youth Tabrez and Waqas staying with Yasin Bhatkal.

Once the DNA samples of the four are found,the ATS is hoping to see if similar DNA samples of Yasin and his group collected by other agencies can be matched to form a forensic trail. “For now,we don’t know if others have done it,but we can always ask,” said Maria. The ATS has so far arrested four persons in connection with the Mumbai serial blasts,who include an alleged hawala operator and a counterfeit currency accused.

Experts who conducted the spot analysis of the molecules found at the blast site at Dadar,though,said the molecules hinted towards the use of PETN,and not TNT,and were sceptical of the findings.

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