Fifteen days before a 50-year-old migrant labourer from Bihar was killed in a mysterious explosion at a slaughterhouse in Haryanas Mewat district,police had recovered explosives and detonators from a ditch in a nearby village.
Three years after these incidents,police have begun to join the dots after five alleged dacoits arrested by Punjab Police confessed to have carried out four bombings targeted at Muslims in Haryanas Jind district.
The death of the labourer identified as Mohammad Medi Hassan,a resident of Madhubani in Bihar has lain in police records since February 14,2009,when the blast took place. No progress was made in tracing the planters of the bomb,or the people who hid the explosives in the ditch.
Hassan was killed at Al-Nafees Proteins Limited,a sprawling slaughterhouse owned by a Delhi-based businessman at Satakpuri village in Mewat,after someone rolled a crude bomb into the godown where he was sleeping with two others.
It was 4 in the morning,and I was asleep. I was woken up by the noise of someone rolling up the shutter of the godown. Something wrapped in a newspaper was rolled towards us, Rehmatullah,a labourer who survived the explosion said in his complaint to police.
Two of us ran towards the window,and Hassan ran towards the shutter. Just then,the bomb exploded and he started bleeding from his stomach. We rushed him to hospital but he was dead by then, Rehmatullah said.
The slaughterhouse complex also has a mosque,which faces the godown where the incident took place.
Barely two weeks before this incident,on January 31,police had recovered a countrymade revolver,red wires,six small pipes,a box of detonators and a bundle of cordex wire from a ditch some six kilometres from the slaughterhouse. From a file that was also found,police had identified three men from Bhilwara in Rajasthan who they suspected might have hidden the bomb-making equipment there. The three Brij Raj Singh Shekhawat,Kanhaiyya Lal and Bairu Lal have been declared proclaimed offenders.
We have sent our teams to Jind and they are interrogating the five accused (arrested in Patiala last week). It is not yet established why they decided to attack this particular slaughterhouse, Brishbhan,in-charge of Punhana police station in Mewat where both cases are registered,said.