Thursday, May 26, 2011

NIA begins probe in Malegaon’s ‘fake bomb’

Mateen Hafeez/tnn

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday (May 26) began probe into the fake bomb which was found on the staircase of Mohammediya Mosque on September 13, 2006. The bomb did not explode and was defused by the bomb detection officials.

The Malegaon police had, in 2006, arrested two persons; Noor-ul-Huda and Raees Rajjab Ali, for the fake bombs. Later, the duo was also booked for the Malegaon’s serial bomb blasts which killed 31 and injured 297 others. “The NIA team visited Malegaon three days ago and has been roaming in the city go get familiar with the location and is busy in case study,” said a source from the NIA.

Khaleel Abbas, a journalist from Malegaon, was first to alert the police about the fake bomb. “I had called up the police which later cordoned off the entire area and the bomb was defused,” said Abbas. Initially the bomb was termed as a fake one. Later, the Nasik forensic science laboratory said they had found the traces of RDX in the material. A few wires and timers were connected to each other and kept in a box filled with mud. “This is the first time an agency is paying concentration on the fake bomb case too,” said Abbas.

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