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Hyderabad blasts: IM men under scanner

Posted on Feb 26, 02:16PM | IBNS

Mumbai, New Delhi, Feb 26 : Days after the twin blasts in Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad killed 16 people and injured more than 100 people, two Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives have emerged as prime suspects in the case, media reports said in Tuesday.

Waqas and Tabrez have come under intelligence scanner for their suspected role in the twin blasts that rocked Hyderabad on Thursday.

"Sources said the Hyderabad blasts were planned in June 2012 but, in the face of a series of arrests of key IM operatives, the plan was shelved," India Today reported.

Waqas and Tabrez were spotted in Hyderabad even after the blasts, the magazine reported quoting sources.

Waqas and Tabrez, who evaded arrest last year, are suspected of planting bombs at markets in Mumbai in July 2011 as per IM chief Yasin Bhatkal's orders.

Meanwhile, arrested IM operative Syed Maqbool has reportedly told the Delhi Police that a IM member had recceed three sports in the city last year including Dilsukhnagar.

Around 30 to 40 people have been questioned by the police and other agencies probing the attack, official sources said.

However no arrests have been made and the investigators are yet to make a significant breakthrough.

Media reports said that Indian sleuths might seek the help of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to enhance CCTV security camera footage of the attack.

With the video being too grainy, investigators have had trouble identifying the suspects.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde reiterated that those responsible for the terror strike will be booked soon.

"We have got some materials there and tests are being done in the forensic laboratory. Soon, we will get the results and the culprits will be booked soon," he said.

Two bombs placed on bicycles exploded in Hyderabad on Thursday within minutes of eachother killing 16 and injuring over 100.

While no terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, the Indian Mujahideen is suspected to be behind the strike while the involvement of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is also being probed.