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Cycle of terror: The common thread in blast sites

Aug 05, 2008 03:15 AM IST India India
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Ahmedabad: The blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Malegaon had a common carrier – the unsuspecting cycle.

For investigating agencies, bombs planted on cycles have meant difficulty in tracing owners while for perpetrators of terror it is all about easy access and affordability.

The cycles used in Ahmedabad blasts are under scanner. The police is gathering information from cycle shop owners across Ahmedabad’s Khadia area for any clues on where, when and who purchased the cycles that were used in the blasts.

Number plates for cycles may seem a far-fetched idea, but with bicycles being used as a carrier for terror attacks, authorities in Ahmedabad now want to start a system of monitoring the sale of cycles so the buyers can be traced.

The Association of cycle shop owners in Ahmedabad have made it mandatory to sell new bicycles only after proper identification proof is submitted. Circulars have also been given to all the 200 bicycle shops in the city.

Secretary, Cycle Merchant Association, Hiralal Mittal said, “We wanted to help the police get all the details. Also, these checks will discourage miscreants from doing such things again.”

Taking cue from the terror struck city, Delhi, too, is taking no chances. The police have advised cycle shop owners to ask for identity proof of customers. Shop owners are now required to maintain a record of all new sales so that buyers can be traced if needed.

“We have issued an advisory to cycle shop owners to keep a record of all their clients,” PRO, Delhi Police, Rajan Bhagat said.

But whether this new drive will really help police and investigating agencies get vital clues is something that one will have to wait and watch.

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