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Proper Hubli probe could have deterred blasts, say police

Proper Hubli probe could have deterred blasts, say police

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 28, 2008
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/341179.html

Investigations into the blast in an empty Hubli courtroom in May this year could have been a deterrent to the recent serial blasts in Bangalore, feel experts. "Terrorism and blast-related cases need sustained investigations. Even if results are not forthcoming, the constant process of inquiry helps in many ways. But after the Hubli blasts, there has been a lull in Karnataka," said a senior Karnataka police officer involved with terrorism probes in the past.

"Karnataka needs a dedicated anti-terrorism cell like Mumbai or Delhi that can investigate cases. Findings into a terror strike can prove to be a deterrent to attacks," the officer said.

While the police had partially cracked the case where a retired IIT Delhi professor fell victim to a terror attack on the Indian Institute of Science in December 2005, the more recent Hubli blast slipped under the radar of a police force caught up with the election process.

On May 10, a low-intensity blast rocked an empty courtroom badly damaging it. Two days later the court was scheduled to hear a case against 12 terror suspects, including former SIMI activist Safdar Nagori, who was arrested from Indore on March 23.

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