Eight suspects being interrogated in Bangalore

Eight suspects being interrogated in Bangalore

Investigations into Wednesday’s bike-bomb blast in Bangalore has reached a crucial stage with probe teams “continuing to interrogate” at least eight suspects from different parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

“All that we can say is interrogation of the suspects is continuing. We cannot divulge any further information at this stage,” a top police official handling internal security said on Saturday evening, when asked whether any arrests in the case has been made. “It will take another week,” the official added, hinting that was the time-frame for piecing together all the facts to crack the case.

While Karnataka Police and National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths are investigating at various places with the assistance of the Tamil Nadu Police, of the eight suspected, three are said to be from Karnataka. Of them, silhouettes of two persons have been glimpsed in the footages from CCTV cameras near the blast site and they  are being analyzed. In Kerala, one suspect is also learnt to be quizzed in this case.

The remaining four suspects under intense questioning by the police are from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, including one Akbar Basha, Salim and Murugan of Vaniyambadi in that district. Police stumbled on that line of investigation, chasing the precedents of the TN registration number plate found on the gutted motorcycle at the blast site in Bangalore, sources said.

Police found that the TN registration number that the terror-strikers had cleverly used did not actually tally with the gutted bike found near the Malleshwaram blast site in Bangalore. The real owner of the vehicle, a Yamaha motorcycle, was traced to a person working in a private college in Paramathy Vellore in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district.

“He is a genuine person using that vehicle for two years now and has no connection with the Bangalore blast,” a senior Police official of Namakkal district had told Deccan Herald on Friday.

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