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Clues on Samjhauta blasts lead to Mumbai

Clues on Samjhauta blasts lead to Mumbai

Author: Narendra Kaushik
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: February 24, 2007

Introduction: Bottles filled with kerosene, diesel were manufactured at a Mahim factory

Initial clues gathered from the site of twin blasts on the Samjhauta Express are leading the investigators to Mumbai.

About 80 plastic bottles, which probably carried cocktail of diesel and kerosene and set two compartments of the express train ablaze, were manufactured in a plastic factory on MMC road in Mahim (Mumbai).

Haryana police Inspector General (Crime) H C Mishra told Mumbai Mirror that a team of the Haryana police was on its way to Mumbai to question the manufacturers of the bottles.

HARYANA COPS COMING

"GEHI PET bottles were manufactured in Mahim. We're sending a team to probe the matter further," Mishra said, adding that the company, Gehi Plastic Industries, supplied bottles in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Of the six suitcase bombs planted in Samjhauta Express coaches, four exploded causing fire in two compartments, while two were seized live from another compartment.

Each suitcase carried about 14 plastic bottles, filled with diesel and kerosene.

ATS HAS NO CLUE

Ironically, Mumbai's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), which recently visited the blast site with forensic experts to pick up samples from the burnt compartments, does not know about the factory.

Sources in the ATS said the bottle factory was not located in Mumbai and that the ATS was not probing any specific angle in the Samjhauta blasts.

When contacted, ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi said, "We will extend full cooperation as and when the Haryana police team comes here."

The sources also denied that Salman, the person picked up from Bikaner by a team of Haryana sleuths, had a recent connection with the megalopolis. They said Salman was only brought up in Dongri and had been living in Gujarat and Rajasthan for about two decades. The ATS has not even found Salman's parents in Dongri.

Despite several attempts, nobody picked up telephone in Gehi Plastic Industries.

Special Investigation Team (SIT), spearheaded by Inspector General (Rohtak range) Sharad Kumar, constituted by the Haryana government to probe the case, is looking for Taj Khan, husband of Sara who was picked up along with Salman from Bikaner. Plastic bottles have reportedly been seized from the house of Khan who is on the run.


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