Hyderabad blasts: Rs 10L reward for info, 1 suspect caught on CCTV camera
Hyderabad: Amid reports of CCTV camera being sabotaged, an investigating team on Saturday reportedly claimed to have found crucial leads in the probe into Thursday`s twin blasts.
As the CCTV footage was examined on Friday, the needle of suspicion once again zeroed-in on banned militant outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Two bombs fastened to parked bicycles had ripped through Dilsukhnagar area on Thursday, leaving 16 people dead and injuring more than 100.
Police also announced Rs 10 lakh award for information leading to the perpetrators of serial blasts.
"We have already gathered vital clues in the case. We are confident we will crack the case soon," state Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said after a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
The modus operandi adopted by the perpetrators like ammonium nitrate and splinters-laden aluminium containers fitted to bicycles used in the blasts were similar to the attacks carried out by Indian Mujahideen.
Without going into details, Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anurag Sharma said, "We have some evidence, some clues".
"We have footage from the camera (at the blast site) which we are analysing," he said while refuting media reports that CCTV wires had been cut by the terrorists before their operation.
He, however, admitted that out of 303 CCTVs in the city, 38 were not functioning.
The Police Commissioner said they had received an alert from Delhi on February 15 about possible strikes in Hyderabad and three other cities. "We did not take any warning lightly".
Earlier in the day, in a major breakthrough, a man believed to be in his early thirties was seen reaching the site of the blast on a bicycle with a bag hung to its carrier a few minutes before the blasts.
The image has been captured by a CCTV camera mounted atop a traffic signal near the blast site.
Sources have told Zee News that the suspect is seen riding his bicycle towards one of the blast sites at 6:38 pm. Seven minutes later, he is seen returning on foot sans the bag which was hung to the bicycle’s carrier. The blast at Anand Tiffin Centre in front of Konark theatre took place at 6:58 pm. The second blast took place at 7:01 pm a few meters away. The bombs at both the places were planted on old bicycles.
The surveillance camera installed in front of Dilsukhnagar bus station captured the image of the suspect. However, as his face is not clearly visible, the police are taking the help of experts. The suspect is clad in a full-sleeved shirt and green trousers.
Though the CCTV camera is focused on the vehicles moving on the main road and not towards the corner where the blast occurred, the image of the suspect on bicycle could prove a vital clue in the investigations, sources said.
However, on Friday, the police had announced a suitable reward for anyone providing information about the suspect.
Cyberabad police commissioner D Tirumala Rao had assured that the identity of the person would be kept a secret and the reward could be anywhere between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh depending on the investigations.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and forensic experts also gathered clues from the sites.
A pall of gloom descended on the otherwise busy Dilsukhnagar Road while heart rending scenes were witnessed at hospitals.
(With PTI/IANS inputs)
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Zee Media exclusive interview with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
- Zee Media exclusive chat with 'Welcome to Karachi' cast
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- Girl in Punjab's Pathankot quit studies for fear of eve-teasing
- UP Minister allegedly threatens, abuses Gonda businessman
- Manali: Heavy corruption found in environmental taxes
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Couple in Bihar asked to pay Rs 50,000 as 'tax' for inter-caste marriage
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- CBSE.nic.in 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board (cbseresults.nic.in) Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced on May 25
- Heatwave continues in North India; death toll in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana more than 400
- Heatwave kills 223 in AP, Telangana, Chandrababu Naidu announces compensation; Delhi records hottest day
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- CBSE 12th Result 2015 to be announced on Monday
- Death threat to PM Narendra Modi ahead of Mathura rally sends police into tizzy
- Organisation demands re-examination of AIPMT 2015
- Kejriwal completes 100 days in office, AAP says centre 'shadow boxing' over row with LG
- CBSE Class 12th Board Results 2015 to be announced on Monday, May 25
- Online filing of applications for UPSC civil services exam begins
- No alliance with JD-U in Bihar: BJP
- Not just today, Muslims feeling alienated since 1947: Najma Heptulla
- Preity Zinta missed crew of 'ABCD 2' on 'Nach Baliye 7'
- Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others as Gujjar agitation continues