Goa blast case: NIA team expected in Goa

Goa blast case: NIA team expected in Goa

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Goa police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said that a NIA team was supposed to arrive on Monday but has not intimated about their plans.

"They might come at any time as they have already taken over the case. Goa police have to just hand over the investigation details," he said.

Deshpande said that the state police is yet to receive any intimation about their arrival even as the SIT has kept all the documents ready to be handed over to them.

"There is no need of intimation too, they can come at any time, may be today evening or tomorrow and take over the records," he clarified.

NIA on December 16 had written to Goa court, intimating it about taking over the Margao blast case from SIT. They also informed that two different cases were registered related to the blast and recovery of explosive substances from a village near Vasco town on October 16.

The central investigating agency had formally taken over the case on December 17.
The Centre had ordered the handing over the probe into Margao blast from SIT to NIA, a federal agency formed after 26/11 Mumbai attacks to probe terror-related cases.

One of a senior police officer stated that once the NIA takes over the documents, SIT which was formed with a specific purpose would be dissolved and officers will have to report back to their parent units.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Omprakash Kurtakar is heading the SIT, which comprises of officers picked up from various units.

The blast probe was handed over to SIT from Margao police on October 18, just two days after the blast.

Two people were killed on the spot when explosives went off prematurely in the city of Margao. Another Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was diffused at Sancoale, a village next to Vasco town few minutes after Margao blast.

Police have arrested four persons, all related to Sanatan Sanstha, who will be handed over to the NIA for further investigation.

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