Stumped, Govt to Hand Over Blast Probe to NIA

Published: 31st March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2015 03:02 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  With no progress in the Church Street blast case even after three months, the state government has decided to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Sources in the Home Department told Express that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that visited many states as part of its probe has made no breakthrough.

Besides, the senior police officers who gave preliminary information about the investigation to the Home Department have sought more time to find the culprits. No terror organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast so far.

“The investigation team along with Internal Security Division (ISD) have been making efforts to solve the case but we will take the final decision in a couple of days,” a highly placed source in the government said.

The city police, who had earlier suspected the involvement of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) elements who had escaped from a Madhya Pradesh jail in 2013 and Indian Mujahideen (IM) supporters in Patna, found nothing after interrogation of several terror suspects in Patna and Pune. 

A week ago, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asking him to expedite the probe. A special team, including Vijayanagar ACP S K Umesh, had sought body warrant for two SIMI operatives, Haidar Ali alias Black Beauty (28) and Umed Siddiqui (37), who were the prime accused in the October 27, 2013 bomb blast at a political rally of Narendra Modi, in Patna.


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