Massive search at Delhi colony where IEDs recovered

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New Delhi, (UNI): A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday reached Delhi colony where IED was found.

The team of inspectors searched the house in Old Seemapuri and the area as well. NIA thoroughly combed every inch of the house where two to three suspects were said to be living.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told the media on Friday there similarities found in the IEDs that was recovered in Ghazipur on January 14 and the one recovered  from Old Seemapuri in northeast district on Thursday.

Asthana said: “These IEDs were prepared to cause blast in public places”such activities are not possible without local support.

“Special cell and investigative teams are on it; we’re probing all links. We’re trying to pre-empt every such incident in Delhi and expose any local/foreign network. I cannot reveal any further details.”

The police have stepped up security in the area. “We have put up barricades and sealed the house. The evidence of crime has been preserved,” he added.

What is interesting to note is Asthana said: “The local police have also done the verification of tenants in the area especially the verification of the house on the first floor of the building as part of the Republic Day security drills and a local inquiry has also been conducted by the local police.”

Early on Friday, Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) also visited the house and the locality to search for possible clues.

UP ATS also went to the house of landlord at Saheed Nagar near the Delhi-UP border to investigate the matter.

The NIA, National Security Guard (NSG), UP ATS and Delhi Police Special Cell are jointly handling the probe.

The police said the IEDs recovered on Thursday were prepared to carry out blasts in public places. The improvised explosive device weighed 2-3 kg and was wrapped in a polythene inside a bag.

The bomb disposal squad disposed the IED in a park at pocket-I, Dilshad Garden late Thursday.

Police sources said the Special Cell, who have already been investigating the January 14 Ghazipur Flower market IED case, got an input regarding the IED in Old Seemapuri following which the team reached the house which was found locked.

After suspected material was recovered, bomb disposal squad, NSG and forensic teams were called in.

People living in the house where IED was recovered have been absconding.

Sources said that police got leads regarding some suspects during investigation of Ghazipur IED case following which the raid was conducted here.

It is the second IED found in Delhi in over a month.

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