‘Bicycle used in Hyderabad blasts was assembled’
Hyderabad: While investigating agencies are still groping in the dark for more leads to crack the last month’s twin blasts in Hyderabad, it was reported on Monday that the bicycle used in the incident was assembled by the terrorists.
The local investigators claim that the bicycle used in the blast was not purchased from one agency so as to mislead the investigators after the blasts.
The Andhra Pradesh police yesterday released sketches of one of the bicycles that are believed to have been used in the twin bomb blasts in Dilsukhnagar last month, which killed 17 and had injured more than 100 people.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, who released the sketches of a damaged bicycle, said, “Since the rear portion of the bicycle is totally damaged and only its front portion is available, it can be concluded that the explosive charge had been fixed on the bicycle’s carriage.”
The bicycle’s damaged parts that were found in front of the Anand Tiffin Centre at Konark Theatre revealed that it was assembled with parts of bicycles manufactured by different companies.
“The bicycle’s main frame, handle bar, bumpers and fork belonged to Atlas Company, while the front rim was manufactured by Usha,” Rao said.
Giving further details of the bicycle, the top cop said that the front tyre was manufactured by a company called Ganga in April last year, while its front tube is Gamra (Ganga) which was manufactured in October last year. The bicycle’s chain was a heavy duty ‘KW’, made in England. It was learnt that this product was available in the market three years ago, but became unavailable later, due to its high cost, Rao said.
It was presumed that offenders behind the blasts might have taken shelter in rented houses for about one or two months before the blast of February 21, he said.
A thorough examination revealed that the bicycle’s upper and bottom fork cups were replaced recently with ‘BM’ make cups and these were not fixed properly, probably due to lack of expertise, he said.
Appealing to the public, especially second hand bicycle vendors and housing rental agents to pass on information to help the police solve the case, the police commissioner said that suitable rewards would be given to the informant, keeping his or her identity strictly confidential.
He said that the parts of the bicycles might have been purchased a week before the blasts.
He said that those who provide information need not get scared, since they would be treated as witnesses, urging rental brokers and house owners to come forward to disclose information at this juncture of the investigation.
In the event of the offenders being arrested, those found to have concealed crucial information related to the blasts would face appropriate action, he said.