As PM calls for calm, cops probe new leads

FP

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited the twin blast sites and hospitals where the injured are being treated on Sunday, appealed for peace and calm.

"I call upon the people to maintain calm in this hour of grief. I am happy that people of Hyderabad have refused to be provoked by this nefarious incident," he said. "I have come to share the grief of people of Hyderabad. I express condolence for the families of the bereaved and wish speedy recovery for the injured," said Singh.

Meanwhile, in one of the first leads into Thursday's blasts, police have identified the make of the two bicycles on which the bombs were placed. Sources involved in the probe said investigators sifting through the physical evidence at the blast sites have been able to identify the make of the two mangled bicycles as an Atlas and KW bicycle. The sources said the bicycles were both second-hand.

Police are now trying to track if any such bicycles were sold, rented or stolen in Dilsukhnagar or the nearby areas, working on the theory that they were unlikely to have been transported from very far due to the risk of being caught during transportation. They are looking at points of sale/ renting for second-hand cycles and putting the word out for missing Atlas and KW bicycles.

In past investigations of bomb blasts involving the Indian Mujahideen, like the Jaipur case of May 2008, where brand new bicycles were used to place bombs, investigators obtained leads that later acted as evidence from the points of sale of the bicycles. Investigators hinted that the identification of the makes of the cycles was being viewed as a promising lead to work with.

Investigators also acknowledged that the IEDs used for the blasts probably contained "shaped charges" to create an upward directional effect for the bombs. This technique is known to have been frequently used by the Indian Mujahideen in a series of boat-shaped IEDs in 2007 and 2008.

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