While five more live bombs were detected at the Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday,the investigating agencies said the Patna serial blasts were carried out by alleged Indian Mujahideen leader Tehseen Akhtar,alias Monu,who is wanted in several other bomb blasts across the country.
Sources said Akhtar had been asked to get youth from places other than Bihar to broadbase the IM module. Most of the suspects are reported to be from Ranchi.
Meanwhile,Jharkhand Police sources said blast suspect Mohammed Imtiaz,25,who was sent to seven-day police custody on Tuesday,has given the names of two more persons from the state who were also involved. Imtiaz was earlier reported to have given three other names.
We are verifying the information. All I can say is that the two are from Jharkhand, said an officer connected with the probe. He has not named any organisation,not even the IM, he added.
Imtiaz has reportedly claimed ignorance about how the others carried out their task. He said he went to Patna with another youth in a bus, said the officer. He said someone gave him the bomb in Ranchi,but did not identify that individual. He said he has not received any training in bomb-making, he said.
The five bombs found today were reported to be similar to the four live bombs recovered from the rally venue on Sunday.
Akhtar is reported to have coordinated with the Ranchi group through an Aurangabad resident,identified as Haider,who was living in Ranchi since 2010. Haider is reported to have introduced Akhtar to Imtiaz,who worked as a preacher and is suspected to have mobilised some youth of Sithio village to carry out the blasts.
Imtiaz is reported to have told his interrogators that Haider was told to create a module in the Naxal-dominated region of Aurangabad.