New Delhi: Investigators probing the Delhi High Court bombing were Thursday
grappling for clues to identify the perpetrators, a day after a
powerful explosion outside the complex killed 13 people.
The death toll rose to 13 with two more people succumbing to their
injuries Thursday, police said.
"Investigation teams of the NIA (National Investigation Agency)
are vigorously pursuing various leads with the cooperation of
Delhi Police," U.K. Bansal, secretary (internal security) in the
home ministry, told reporters.
He said forensic experts summoned from Gujarat and Hyderabad to
assist in the investigation again scanned the scene of the crime
"They have found some more material which may have relevance to
the investigation," Bansal said, indicating that there was no
concrete evidence related to the explosives used in the bomb.
He, however, said traces of a mixture of nitrate and PETN, (pentaerythritol
trinitrate), have been found but that was not conclusive.
"We will let you know about the forensic report when it comes," he
The NIA has also detained some suspects related to the bombing,
while six have been taken into custody in Jammu and Kashmir.
Those arrested include two owners of a cyber cafe in Kishtwar
district of the state who were questioned about the person who had
sent an email claiming responsibility for the blast. The other
three were one of their employees and two other residents of the
The email, attributed to the Harkat-ul Jehadi Islami, was found to
have been been sent from Global Internet Cafe at Malik Market in
Kishtwar, once a militancy hub in Jammu region.
On questioning the owners of the cafe, investigators garnered some
information about how the sender of the emails looked and arrested
the two men.
Meanwhile, Srinagar resident Farooq Ahmed was detained for
questioning on his return from Delhi. He had visited the high
court in Delhi Wednesday.
Bansal also said that "some information pointing to a Kashmir
connection with the email received" was being pursued with the
help of the Kashmir Police.
The email theory got a new twist on the day after the blast as
another email attributed to the 'Indian Muzahiddin' claimed
responsibility for the bombing.
Written in Hindi, it said the outfit had timed the blast on the
day when the crowd outside the court was huge.
"We have done it," it said and threatened to carry out another
blast at a shopping mall in Delhi next Tuesday.
The email remains unverified, even as Bansal said it was being
studied by the intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, teams of anti-terrorism squads from the neighbouring
states have also reached Delhi "for discussions and consultations
with NIA and Delhi Police in connection with the investigation",
Struggling for any concrete clue, the NIA also announced a reward
of Rs.500,000 for anyone providing clues about the suspects.
"The NIA has announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for anyone giving any
information to follow up the case. As far as investigation is
concerned, it is going on. Delhi Police and NIA are coordinating,"
Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters.
Police also junked the theory that a missing car may hold a clue
to solving the blast puzzle after the vehicle was found in
Faridabad, on the outskirts of the capital.
The car -- a silver Santro with registration number DL9CA 6034) --
was seen by eyewitnesses near the blast site just before the
The car, owned by National Insurance Company employee Inshu
Minocha, was stolen in 2009.
"The car has nothing to do with the bomb blast," said a police
The NIA also detained a suspect from Uttar Pradesh. He was
identified with his first name Shehzad only. Source said he
resembled with the sketch of the suspects prepared by police.
The agency also ruled out the possibility that the attackers may
have been among the 12 people who died in the blast, after all the
victims were identified.
It has also carried out background checks on the over 91 injured
and confirmed that none were suspects.
Meanwhile, P. Patra, 58, a resident of IPA guest house in south
Delhi, died in the the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital Thursday
evening, a police officer said.
Pramod, 40, a resident of Loni in Ghaziabad district of Uttar
Pradesh, had died at the same hospital early Thursday, the officer
A total of 73 people are still admitted, mostly at the RML
hospital in central Delhi.