Delhi HC blast: Investigators yet to make headway

Twenty-four hours after a crude bomb explosion outside Delhi HC, investigators are yet to make a headway in the probe into the blast even as the city police asserted that the explosion was not aimed at causing major damage.

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 21:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Twenty-four hours after a
crude bomb explosion outside Delhi High Court, investigators
are yet to make a headway in the probe into the blast even as
the city police on Thursday asserted that the explosion was not
aimed at causing major damage.
There was no damage to any property or injury to
anyone in the blast that took place near a car in a service
lane outside the High Court yesterday afternoon.

Police recovered some nail-like shrapnel, a
battery-like object and ammonium nitrate from the spot,
sources said, adding nails and bolts were packed and detonator
was attached to the timer.

Sources said this pointed to the possible involvement
of Indian Mujahideen as the crude bomb had signatures of the
terror outfit`s methods. However, senior police officials
refused to confirm the involvement of Indian Mujahideen.
City police`s elite anti-terror wing Special Cell will
investigate the explosion outside the court.

Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta, meanwhile, met
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and briefed him about the
incident. Gupta handed over a preliminary investigation report
to the Minister.

He said the force was awaiting CFSL report. "It was a
low intensity and mild blast" and "that`s why even the car
under which it was placed, was not damaged much," he added.

Gupta said it was too early to say anything about the
motive behind planting the bomb as there was no possibility of
causing any fatality or major damage, as per the preliminary
probe.

"We will come to know about the explosive in a day or
two. Definitely it was a low intensity, less quantity
explosive, otherwise it would have caused major damage. It was
not a powerful device," he said.

PTI