Islamic Terrorism in India

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Delhi blasts: Bangladeshi Muslims among 9 detained

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Bangla nationals among 9 detained
BY JEHANGIR ALI and RASHANT PANDEY
NEW DELHI

Sept. 27: The Delhi police has detained nine people, including five suspected Bangladeshi nationals, for questioning in connection with the Mehrauli blast. The five men were picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by the special staff of south district police, barely a few hours after the blast.

Police sources said two others, whose call records were put under the scanner by the police, were apprehended from the outskirts of Sarita Vihar in south Delhi. “The calls made by these people were suspicious,” a police source said. Two more were picked up from Mehrauli area.

While the low intensity blast at a market in Mehrauli is being seen as retaliation from terrorists following police action in the wake of September 13 serial blasts, such blasts have been occurring in the south Delhi area over a period of time. The police had also arrested some alleged illegal Bangladeshi migrants in this connection.

One such blast had occurred near IIT Gate on February 11, 2004, in which two persons were injured. The explosive device was a crude bomb manufactured using ammonium nitrate, potassium chlorate and sulphur.

That bomb too was “dropped” on the road by the suspects who managed to escape. It had exploded after a DTC bus reported ran over it.

Two similar blasts were reported at Lado Sarai and Malviya Nagar in January this year. In these instances, the device contained one-and-a-half inch nails and ammonium nitrate and sulphur was used.

The police had earlier arrested some alleged illegal Bangladeshi migrants but the trail did not go far.

However, according to a police officer who has been with the south Delhi police for a long time, the explosion at the Mehrauli market bore uncanny similarities to the device which had rocked the capital in the year 1996-1997.

A bomb with similar configuration had exploded near a nightclub in south Delhi on June 27, 1998. The police had found that ammonium nitrate, potassium chlorate and sulphuric acid was used in the bomb.

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