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Bijnor blast case: CCTV footage helps in major breakthrough

Uttar Pradesh police have claimed to have made a breakthrough in the recent Bijnor blast case, engineered by Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The police have identified five SIMI operatives with the help of CCTV footage. This is interesting as CCTV cameras in the national capital and other big cities have seldom proved to be of any help for the police tracking terror cases as in most cases, they have been found to be non-functional.

Last Friday, at about 10.45 am, a blast took place at a rented accommodation in Jatan area in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. During investigation it was learnt that five men, later identified as Amjad Hassan, Aslam, Guddu, Mohammad Ejazuddin and Zakhir were residing at the said house for the past two months.

The accused persons are active members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned terror outfit, who escaped last year in October from the Khandwa Jail.

CCTV footage in possession with Millennium Post shows the accused   running hither-thither to escape apprehension after the blast. Their plans went horribly wrong after the half-assembled bomb exploded, one of the five SIMI operatives also sustained burn injuries in his head and chest.

‘While escaping from the blast site, one of the terrorist had covered the injured portions of his body with a white shawl, to hide his burns. The other three operatives were spotted having a conversation at the end of a busy street in Jatan colony,’ an investigating officer said while explaining the CCTV footage.

Further, three of them including the injured operative, fled on a motorcycle, allegedly belonging to one of them, whereas the remaining two hired a rickshaw to leave the spot, the officer added.
The images of all the operatives have been clearly captured in the CCTV cameras installed at Jatan market.

‘Manhunt is on to nab these deadly terrorists who have united again to enter their names in the good books of  Qaedat al-Jihad or Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a new outfit of Al-Qaeda, which is forming a network in India by recruiting ‘talented operatives’ from Indian Mujahideen and SIMI,’ an intelligence source said.

SIMI is being used as a conduit to resurrect the activities of Al-Qaeda.

Chayanika Nigam

Chayanika Nigam

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