Twin blasts: NIA releases photos of three suspects

Investigators visit the twin blasts site at Dilsukhnagar, collect samples

Published: 30th March 2013 08:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2013 08:42 AM   |  A+A-

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has intensified its investigation into the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts and uploaded key suspects’ photographs in the the most wanted criminals list on its official portal while its officials visited the blasts site on Friday.

The team, comprising five senior officials of the agency along with forensic experts, visited the blasts site in Dilsukhnagar and interacted with shopkeepers and others. They are believed to have collected some information from the local people while collecting samples.

The twin blasts, that occurred on February 21, killed 18 persons and injured 117.

Meanwhile, the agency uploaded the photographs of three suspects _ Iqbal Bhatkal and his brothers Riaz Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal _ on its website in connection with the case. The NIA suspects that the trio might have hatched the plan and executed it.

The trio hail from Bhatkal town in Karnataka and are said to be operating on instructions from their masters in Karachi in Pakistan. The agency suspects that the accused might have been involved in carrying out blasts since 2005 in the country including the Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat blasts in the city in 2007.

A special court has recently issued non-bailable warrants against banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal and nine other alleged operatives _ Iqbal Bhatkal, Mohsim Chaudhary, Amir Reza Khan, Shahnawaz Alam, Asadullah Akhtar, Ariz Khan, Mohammed Khalid, Mirza Shadaab Beg and Mohammed Sajid.

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