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Local module may have triggered Bengaluru blasts: Cops
Vicky Nanjappa
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July 26, 2008 15:29 IST

A day after the serial blasts rocked Bengaluru, the police are investigating the case with a two-pronged approach. While police continues to probe into the SIMI link, they do not rule out the possibility of a local module being involved in the blasts.

Message from the Bengaluru blasts

Karnataka Director General of Police R Shrikumar told media persons that the information they have received so far points to a local module being involved in the blasts. He, however, refused to spell out any further details regarding the modules and added that further investigations would give them the correct picture.

Meanwhile, Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri said that they have received information that the bomb had been planted by a youth sporting a red T-shirt. He told media persons near Koramangala where a live bomb was diffused on Saturday that eye-witness accounts suggested that the bomb had been placed a youth in the age group of 25 years.

The police will soon release the sketch of the suspect, he also added.

Local module
The minute the police chief mentioned that the blasts could have been the handiwork of a local module, all eyes turned towards the banned SIMI outfit.

However, intelligence bureau officials told that SIMI does not classify under a local module and is a national outfit, which has managed to get international attention.

A local module could well mean an anti-government outfit within the state who could have executed the attack to create a scare and destabilise the government, the IB also adds.

The IB, however, adds that the investigation into the Bangalore blasts case would continue to look into the SIMI angle as terror outfits have the history of changing their modus operandi and style of functioning.

However, in this case, it is hard to come to the conclusion so early that the SIMI could have been behind the attack taking into consideration the nature of the bombs. All were crude bombs and SIMI or the HuJI does not have a history of using such low intensity bombs during terror strikes.

Police sources in Bangalore say that all options are being kept open and all angles are being looked into. Police are probing into the SIMI angle but more importantly they are also trying to ascertain whether a small time non-political outfit outside Bangalore is behind the attack.

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