ATS Questions Owner Of Bike Found In Zaveri Bazar

Mumbai, Jul 16 :  The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has questioned the owner of a bike, which was found very close to the blast site in Zaveri Bazar here, to put together the sequence of
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PTI July 16, 2011 14:18 IST

Mumbai, Jul 16 :  The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has questioned the owner of a bike, which was found very close to the blast site in Zaveri Bazar here, to put together the sequence of events on July 13.

The maroon colour Honda Activa bearing number MH-01-AS 718 was one of the bikes which was very close to the blast site and was partially destroyed in the bombings.  The bike belongs to one Ashok Jain who lives in Nagpada area.

Ashok's nephew Aniket Jain, whose father has a gold shop in Zaveri Bazar, said his uncle had parked the bike close to the blast site at around 3 pm on Wednesday while the blasts occurred at around 6:55 pm.

“ATS had called Ashok to its office at Nagpada yesterday with all the papers pertaining to the bike,” said Aniket.

The insurance of the bike had expired two months ago.  “We did not even realise that the insurance has expired,” he said.

The front portion of the bike was completely destroyed in the blasts and the vehicle is presently in the custody of the police. Police suspect that the blasts were triggered with the use of a IED kept in an abandoned umbrella, on one of the bikes there.

The triple bombings had claimed 19 lives and left over 130 people in the city injured.

The Maharashtra ATS is likely to question alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) members lodged in Karnataka and Gujarat jails in connection with Wednesday's serial blasts in the city.

The ATS has also sought assistance from Kolkata Police asking them to verify if any suspects had travelled to Mumbai from that city and subsequently went underground after the blasts, as part of its probe into the triple bombings, that left 19 people dead and injured over 130. 

“A police team from Karnataka has come to Mumbai to help us. An ATS team from Maharashtra will also go to Karnataka and Ahmedabad to question the IM members lodged in the jails there,” said a police official.

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