NIA team asks Gujarat Govt for premises and staff

Ahmedabad: The National Investigating Agency (NIA), which has taken over the probe in Modasa blast case of September 2008, has asked the Gujarat government to provide it office premises and staff, senior police officials said today.

A team of the NIA headed by an Inspector General rank officer, which is camping in Modasa at present, has requested for office premises in Ahmedabad or Modasa, they said.

The agency has also asked for 15-20 police personnel including couple of officers of the rank of DySP for support during investigation in Modasa blast probe, they added.

According to the officials, the NIA's demand for premises is under consideration while state CID has been requested to arrange for staff.

NIA had last week taken charge of the probe into the low intensity blast in the Suka Bazar area of Modasa town of Sabarkantha district that had killed a 15-year-old boy and injured 10 people on September 29, 2008.

During investigation it was found that gun powder was used to trigger low-intensity blast in minority dominated area of Modasa town a few days before the Ramzan Eid in 2008.

According to police, the explosives attached with timer device were mounted on a motorcycle in the densely populated Suka Bazar area, and was triggered using the battery of the two-wheeler. So far no arrests have been made in connection with this case.