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The blast occurred on Tuesday evening in the area between the boundary walls of a house on plot number 4 — Nanda’s House — and the Central Hindi Training Institute on plot number 2A on Prithviraj Road. The area has bushes, plants and trees and no CCTV camera


Days after a blast near the Israeli embassy here, the Delhi Police has registered an FIR against “unknown” people and quizzed about half a dozen suspects, officials said on Saturday.


According to an official, it has been decided to hand over the case to the Special Cell, the anti-terror unit of the Delhi Police, to “dig out the deeper conspiracy”.


While the suspects were questioned on Saturday, the FIR was registered on Friday night under Section 3 (punishment for causing an explosion) of the Explosive Substances Act and Section 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code at the Tughlak Road Police Station based on a complaint lodged by a police officer, an official said.


The blast occurred on Tuesday evening in the area between the boundary walls of a house on plot number 4 — Nanda’s House — and the Central Hindi Training Institute on plot number 2A on Prithviraj Road. The area has bushes, plants and trees and no CCTV camera.


It is behind the Israeli embassy on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, running parallel to Prithviraj Road.


No one was injured in the blast.


Police had found an “abusive” letter addressed to the Israeli ambassador near the blast site.


According to sources, the one-page letter written in English is suspected to be related to an organisation called Sir Allah Resistance and mentions words like “Zionists”, “Palestine” and “Gaza”.


On Friday, police told PTI that they were planning to register an FIR as they had found “crucial evidence” pointing to a conspiracy to threaten the Israeli envoy.


Delhi Police officials have scanned footage obtained from multiple CCTV cameras installed around the blast site and spotted a suspect who had come from Jamia Nagar in an autorickshaw.


Police have also questioned 10 autorickshaw drivers, including the one who brought the suspect to the spot before the blast took place.


The officials said police had recovered a broken dial of a watch and some steel bearings from the blast site but it was too early to say if they were used in the explosion.


Investigating officials are awaiting reports from the National Security Guard’s (NSG) laboratory, where samples collected from the spot have been sent to ascertain the components used in the explosion.


Police have recorded the statements of a dozen people who claimed to have heard the loud noise of the blast.


The statements reveal that the witnesses spotted a vehicle which broke down near the blast site.

First Published: Dec 31 2023 | 7:59 AM IST

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