Delhi car bomb: NSG not allowed to gather data

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 17:43

Gurgaon: In a surprise departure from norms,
investigators of the NSG post-blast study team were not
allowed to gather vital data of the terror-struck and burnt
Israeli embassy SUV citing "diplomatic reasons".

NSG`s National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) is the central
nodal agency for monitoring, recording and analysing all
bombing incidents in the country and it acts as the vital
repository of all domain knowledge in this regard.

"Let me clarify, we were not involved in the analysis of
this particular incident (sticking of magnetic bomb in an
Israeli embassy vehicle). Having said that, I can only make a
educated guess like you that it is an explosive device," NSG
DG R K Medhekar told reporters on the sidelines of a
conference here when asked about the analysis of his blast
study team in the February 13 terror incident.

The National Security Guard chief, however, did not
elaborate on the reasons but senior officials of the elite
force said they were asked not to visit the spot near the
Prime Minister`s residence due to some "diplomatic reasons".

"However, we later sent a small team to the Tughlaq road
police station to get post-blast samples from the Innova car
which was parked there," a senior officer said.

"Probably it was thought that the Delhi police and CBI
forensic teams which went to the spot were enough for the job
but it was surprising for us. The car was also washed off by
fire brigade water tenders but still few samples can be
gathered," the officer said.

The NBDC charter mandates the NSG to send its post blast
study teams to all places where a blast has occurred in the
country and collect samples from the spot.

The importance of the job can be gauged from the fact
that last year, during a bombing incident in Uttar Pradesh`s
Agra, the NSG headquarters had air rushed a special post-blast
squad to the spot to save time and secure vital forensic data
of the explosion.

However, Medhekar said the method of sticking the bomb to
the rear of the Israel embassy car was innovative in itself.

"According to me, the modus operandi was different more
than anything else. Whatever may be the bomb and however it
may have been made, the idea of attaching it with a magnet to
a car is something we have not seen in the recent past. Some
people tell me that there have been such incidents in the
past. The actual explosive used, the trigger mechanism and the
detonator used (to carry out the attack)...this is a subject
of analysis," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 17:42

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