Kollam blast probe reaches nowhere

Materials used in Kollam blast same as that in Chittoor

KOLLAM: The investigations conducted by various agencies into the Kollam court complex blast four-and-a-half-months ago have reached nowhere. A similar blast at the Malappuram court complex on Tuesday points to the failure of the security agencies to crack the case and ensure security to the citizens. The blast at Malappuram is the latest in the series of similar ones that have taken place at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh on April 7, Kollam on June 15 and Mysore on August 1 inside court complexes.

Following the Kollam blast, an investigation team from Kollam had conducted a joint inquiry with the Karnataka police and Andhra police and assisted by central agencies to link the incidents. The team later focused on the involvement of a splinter group based in South India. An improvised electronic device (IED) set up in a pressure cooker had exploded near the washroom of the court complex in Mysore while the other three blasts were due to IEDs planted on vehicles parked inside the court complexes.

The investigation team had earlier found that the batteries and the circuit boards used for the blast in Kollam were of the same series used in Chittoor. They were purchased from Secunder-abad in Andhra Pradesh. An IED prepared using a steel tiffin box and planted under a jeep belonging to the labour department had exploded at the parking area of the court complex in the Kollam collectorate. The forensic team and bomb squad retrieved 14 fuses and 17 batteries that were used to ignite the bomb.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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