Foreign help sought to enhance CCTV footages
Mumbai/Patna: Investigators were on Tuesday taking the help of a foreign firm to enhance the image of some
crucial CCTV footages at the three sites of Mumbai serial
blast and were keenly looking at the identity of one person,
as they continued to struggle for a breakthrough.
Two suspected HUJI members arrested in Bihar were
slapped with an FIR after they came under the scanner in the
serial blasts probe while Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad
(ATS) intensified its nationwide hunt to get solid leads on
the bombers five days after the terror attack.
The CID also began its inquiry into the death of Fiaz
Usmani -- the brother of an alleged Indian Mujahideen member
-- who passed away in a hospital yesterday following
questioning by crime branch sleuths in connection with the
The controversy over Fiaz`s death has caused a setback
to investigations into the blasts, a police officer said on
condition of anonymity. His family cried foul and alleged
torture but Mumbai police denied the charge.
Faiza`s death prima facie appeared due to natural
causes, said Dr T P Lahane, Dean of Government-run J J
hospital where the post mortem was performed.
In Mumbai, a police official said the volume of the
CCTV footages, which are playing a crucial role in helping the
investigators identify the sequence of events that led to the
blasts, is huge and many of the scenes are not clear.
"There was a need to enhance the image. We are taking
help of technical experts of a foreign-based firm for this
job," a senior Mumbai police official said.
The investigators are also probing a particular person
at one of the blast locations in the CCTV and through the
enhanced image his face can be easily seen, the official
added. The location was not revealed amid reports that it
could be Opera House. 19 people were killed in the three
blasts which also left 130 people injured.
In Bihar, Kishanganj Superintendent of Police R K
Mishra said that an FIR was lodged against Md Riyazul
Sarkar alias Akash Khan who was arrested on Saturday, besides
Md Mahtab Alam, who was in the custody of the Pauakhali Police
station in the district under Foreigners Act.
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