Delhi cops carry out DNA profiling of ‘IM operatives’
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For the first time, the special cell of Delhi Police has carried out a DNA profiling of the four alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives who were arrested in connection with the Pune blasts on August 1. Sources in the special cell said last month the blood samples of the four accused — Asad Khan, Imran Khan, Sayeed Feroze and Mustafa Langda — were taken by a team of doctors from the forensic department of AIIMS.
From the blood samples, they conducted a DNA profiling and handed over the report to the special cell. The DNA samples of the accused will now be matched by the Pune police with the samples collected from the apartment in Pune where they were living prior to the blast.
Sources said many exhibits like toothbrushes and shoes used by the operatives and even strands of hair have already been collected from the apartment.
"This will serve as one of the most important pieces of evidence for us to ensure that the operatives were residing in Pune. This is a common method adopted by the police forces in the US and other countries," said a police source.
The four accused are presently in judicial custody at Tihar Jail and will be produced in the court on December 18. The Pune police has sought their custody and are probing the case.
Earlier this year, the special cell claimed to have solved the serial bomb blasts case with the arrest of four IM operatives. Langda and Feroze had stayed at the rented accommodation in Pune where the IEDs were made.
The reports, matched with the Pune police, will also prove the presence of the other operatives in the Pune apartment.