The finger of suspicion over the serial blasts in Hyderabad is already being pointed at Indian terror group Indian Mujahideen and its shadowy head Riyaz Bhatkal, with the group having conducted surveys of Dilsukh Nagar in the city last year itself.
Two of the persons arrested for their involvement in serial blasts in Pune had revealed that they had stayed in Hyderabad where they surveyed areas like Dilsukhnagar, Begum Bazaar and Abids in Hyderabad, reported the Times of India.
In a press release, the police said that Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, both alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives, had said, "About a month before Ramzan in 2012, Maqbool helped Imran in doing a recce of Dilkhush (Dillsukh) Nagar, Begum Bazar and Abids in Hyderabad on a motorcycle. This was done on the instruction of Riyaz Bhatkal."
According to an New Indian Express report, the ingredients used in the bombs were pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and ammonium nitrate and had other signature elements of bombs used by the terror group including shrapnel, nuts and bolts and pieces of steel to cause maximum damage.
The suspected use of cycles to plant the bombs has also been used to point to a similar modus operandi used by the group in the past, most recently in the serial blasts carried out in Pune.
The group is accused of carrying out multiple serial blasts across the country since 2007, such as the 2007 blasts at Hyderabad's Gokul Chaat Bhandar and Lumbini Park. At the time multiple unexploded explosive devices were found in the city that had been planted by the terror group and one of them incidentally was defused at Diksukhnagar, the scene of Thursday's explosions.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.
Whether the group was involved in the blast on this occasion as well remains to be seen but state intelligence officers have said that while they had received information of a possible bomb blast in the city it was very non-specific.
"The note did not have any specific information but mentioned that Hyderabad, Bangalore, Hubli, Coimbatore and Maharashtra and Gujarat could be targets of terrorist attacks,'' an unnamed official was quoted as saying in the Indian Express.
Updated Date: Feb 22, 2013 09:44:21 IST