Mumbai Police fall back on veterans for blasts probe

July 30th, 2008 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Mumbai Police are falling back on veterans who have investigated terror incidents in the past to help them with the probe into the fallout here of last week’s serial bombings in Ahmedabad and Bangalore. According to a police official, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) summoned over 75 such experienced police officials who have probed investigated incidents like the March 1993 serial explosions, July 2006 serial train blasts, the blasts in Ghatkopar and Colaba, and other similar terror strikes in Mumbai.

Yet others who have made a mark in terrorist crime detection, some who have knowledge of high-tech gadgets or explosive materials or have sources in the underworld shall join the probe.

These policemen with relevant expertise have been carefully selected from all police stations in the city, the official said.

They will start work on the current project for the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) in addition to their regular duties at the various police stations from Thursday.

In a related development, the city police Wednesday handled nearly a dozen bomb hoax calls from across the city in just five hours, joint police commissioner (law and order) K.L. Prasad told mediapersons in the evening.

He appealed to people to be on the lookout for pranksters making such calls and not to divert police attention from the investigations to unravel the terror network in and around Mumbai.

A team of Gujarat ATS arrived here late Tuesday night to unravel the links with a threat email originating from Navi Mumbai and the four stolen cars from the metropolis which were used by terrorists.

While two cars were blown up in Ahmedabad, two laden with explosives were found abandoned in Surat.

Mumbai Police have sought help of several private computer experts and are in touch with NASSCOM for assistance in the probe into the email — sent minutes before the 21 blasts in Ahemdabad Saturday evening.

US national Keith Haywood, who lives in Navi Mumbai, told the police his email account was hacked apparently by the terrorists to send the email to media offices in Ahmedabad minutes before the blasts.

Besides Navi Mumbai in Thane district, sleuths are keeping an eye on other towns like Mira Road and Mumbra in that district, which have substantial pockets of minority population.

The police detained six people from Mumbra for questioning, but details were not available.

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