The State Government has entrusted the investigations of the twin-blasts in Dilsukhnagar, which occurred on February 21 killing 16 persons and injuries to another 117, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
This was decided after a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday where the security and other vigilance measures being taken in the State in the wake of the twin-blasts were reviewed. Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy, DGP V. Dinesh Reddy, DIG NIA Ravishankar, senior officers of the Intelligence Bureaus of the State and Centre besides the Commissioners of Hyderabad City and Cyberabad attended.
Speaking to the media later, Sabita Indra Reddy said the decision to transfer the Dilsukhnagar case to NIA was taken to ensure that the investigations would be looked after by one Central agency. This decision was taken despite the fact that the State investigating officers have already gathered various evidences and clues in the case, she observed.
She also pointed out that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had spoken to the Chief Minister this morning and wanted that the twin-blasts’ case should be transferred to NIA. As a matter of fact, the NIA had also addressed a letter to the State authorities to transfer the case to it. After reviewing the matter at length, it was finally decided to transfer the case to NIA to ensure that the investigations would be handled by one agency as such terrorist attacks are not confined to only one State. Since various Central and State agencies are involved in the investigations it would be appropriate for the NIA to handle the case, she explained.
It may be mentioned here that though it was nearly three weeks since the occurrence of the blasts in Dilsukhnagar, so far the police have not able to pin point those responsible for the dastardly attack nor had zeroed in on the accused, who had participated in planting the bombs. However, numerous reports began circulating about the NIA as well as the State police officials, including SIT interrogating various IM suspects lodged in various jails in different parts of the country.
In fact, the NIA had secured the custody of two IM suspects Maqbool and Imran lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi for five days and brought them to Hyderabad. After securing crucial information during their interrogation at a secret place and also taking them to as many as 12 places in the twin cities where they had recceed earlier, Maqbool and Imran were taken back to Delhi.
The NIA seemed to have secured vital information about the role played by the IM operatives under the directions of the Pakistan-based Bhaktal brothers, about their Saudi Arabia links and the usage of fake currency notes for payments to the terrorists.
Meanwhile, the NIA officers on Monday arrested Manzar Imam in Ranchi suspecting his involvement in the Dilsukhnagar blasts. The NIA was hunting for him for the past two years in connection with his involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts. He was produced in the Ranchi Court and remanded to judicial custody and the NIA officials are expected to grill him with regard to the Dilsukhnagar blasts. (NSS)