Nearly a week after the blast at a building in Patna’s Bahadur housing colony, the police are yet to conclude whether it was the handiwork of People’s Liberation Front of India, a Maoist splinter group, or terror groups linked to Gandhi Maidan or Bodh Gaya blasts.
The police, which had kept mobile phones of three suspects under surveillance, also found PLFI posters in the area. They believe that a PLFI spokesperson had spoken to one of the three suspects — Kundan Rai, Ashok Kumar and Hemant Kumar, all residents of Nalanda.
Kundan Rai, who used to stay in the flat in where the blast occurred, is an engineering dropout and hails from Ekangarsarai police station area of Nalanda. Rai, who also came under the scanner in the constable recruitment scam, was released from Beur jail last year. The other two accused, who are from Chiksohra area of Nalanda, used to stay near Kundan’s flat. The two, however, have no criminal antecedents.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Patna, Jitendra Singh Rana said the police had been seeking call details of the absconding three accused.
“Call details will provide vital clues. We will also get to know if they kept changing SIMs. The investigation is open-ended at this stage,” the SSP said.
The NIA’s bomb disposal squad, which collected samples from the flat, confirmed the detection of IED. A joint team of Patna police and NIA found that the flat was being used to keep bomb material and not make bombs. “It was a detonator blast that did not cause much damage to the building. There was no one in the flat when the blast took place. It is most important to know whom Kundan had been working for. That alone could crack the case,” police said.
Bihar ATS IG Kundan Krishnan said the police had spoken to acquaintances of the accused and asked them to persuade the accused to surrender. “If they are innocent, they must surrender to prove their innocence,” he said.
Sources said the police had also been trying to contact some students who studied engineering with Kundan at Hyderabad.