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Sabarmati Jail prisoners called Pak after blasts: Cops

Sabarmati Jail prisoners called Pak after blasts: Cops

Author: CNN-IBN
Publication: IBNLive.com
Date: July 31, 2008
URL: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/sabarmati-jail-inmates-called-pak-after-blasts-cops/70037-3.html?xml

Four days after the blasts that ripped through Ahmedabad killing 49 people and injuring 180 others, the investigators have claimed a breakthrough in the case.

They said that a single terror organisation was responsible for the Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur blasts as well as the 21 live bombs that were found and defused in Surat.

And though the Gujarat Police didn't name any organisation, investigations point to a Pakistan hand behind the terror plots.

Seven men accused under POTA are being questoined in Sabarmati Jail. All of them are linked to Dawood Ibrahim aide, Rasool Patti, who is a Pakistan national. Investigators say that there were calls made to Pakistan from the jail immediately after 18 blasts rocked Ahmedabad on Saturday. The police have seized three mobile phones from Sabarmati Jail.

Meanwhile, Surat Police Commissioner RMS Brar confirmed that the Bangalore and Ahmedabad serial blasts as well as the failed attack in Surat, have several similarities.

"It seems these bombs were planted in Surat before the blasts happened in Ahmedabad but they were only detected later. The chips used in Bangalore and Surat bombs were similar but we do not know if there is any other similarity between the two events. We do not know yet who is responsible for all this, but we are investigating. There is certainly a local hand supporting these mishaps," he said.

According to the police, the bombs in Surat did not explode because of a chip malfunction. A glitch in the integrated chip prevented the bombs from going off.

Surat Crime branch Inspector, P M Parmar has said that the recovered chips have been sent for investigation.

"The detonator of the bomb was connected to both battery as well as the IC, so some programme must have been used. We have sent it to FSL, Gandhinagar, for investigation," Parmar said.

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