NEW DELHI: An abandoned red motorbike found in a congested south Delhi locality, Lado Sarai, early on Wednesday created much excitement and appeared to the first concrete breakthrough that could lead the investigators to the perpetrators of the recent car bomb blast in which an Israeli embassy staffer and two others were injured. But, by the end of the day, the lead appeared to run cold and Delhi decided to look towards Bangkok for fresh clues.
Even though the manhunt to trace the motorbike bomber continued, Delhi Police sources said they were working on two clues to identify the bomber. First, they are concentrating on tracing the motorbike that the bomber had used as a getaway vehicle. The bike’s identification will provide information about its last owner.
The second clue that the police is focusing on is regarding the details of international mobile call records. It has made a list of over 115 call records that were made from Delhi to three countries, Iran, Israel and Lebanon in the past fortnight to zero in on the bombers.
It believes that the lone bomber definitely had a back-up team, who stayed in the city long enough in preparation for the assault. It feels that they would have made calls to their associates abroad. To track the international lead, Delhi Police has tied up with a team of Israeli investigators. They said several commonalities have emerged in the three terror incidents targeting Israeli nationals in different world capitals in the last two days.
A nine-member team from Israel, which included a forensic expert, visited the office of the Delhi Police’s anti-terror Special Cell and inspected the targeted vehicle in which the victim Tal Yehoshua-Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, was travelling at the time of the blast.