Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mumbai blast detectives probe phone calls

Mumbai blast detectives probe phone calls - - News on Mumbai blast detectives probe phone calls: "Police are probing phone calls made to Karachi and Dubai minutes before and after Tuesday's bomb attacks on trains in Mumbai. NDTV has learnt that 35 landline calls out Mumbai are being studied , but so far none of them have been linked to the attacks.

Seconds after the blast at Matunga, calls were made from the area to Dubai. Calls were also made to Karachi after blasts at Jogeshwari and Borivali. Public telephone operators in those areas have given description of some callers. The Mumbai police have made sketches of three suspects from the Churchgate area based on one eyewitness's account.

CCTVs have been installed at four big stations: Churchgate, Dadar, Mumbai Central and Bandra.

Investigative agencies have recovered rexene bags at all seven blast locations. Along with the bags, investigators have also found similar kind of nails at all spots. At first the Maharashtra anti terror squad heading the investigations claimed a high intensity explosive, RDX was used in the seven attacks.

They had even said that the RDX used in these attacks was part of the consignment that slipped through the cracks during search operations in Nashik and Aurangabad in May this year when 15 people were arrested with huge quantities of the explosive.

But differences have now emerged over what might have actually been used, with intelligence sources telling NDTV that gelatine sticks packed with a timing device may have been put in the trains. The casualties with RDX, they say, would have been much higher. These blasts are similar to the 2003 twin blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar.

There too parcels containing gelatine sticks were packed and exploded using timer devices. But here the claims become controversial. Sources say the attacks were planned well in advance, at least three months ago by a sleeper cell of local residents, not outsiders."

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