Hyderabad: The Union Home Ministry has asked the Andhra Pradesh government to handover the probe into the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a senior officer said on Friday.

The Home Ministry has written a letter to the state government to hand over the probe to NIA, the officer said. Andhra Pradesh Police are probing the blasts case and has formed 15 teams to carry out the investigation.

"The NIA had registered a case against Indian Mujahideen in September last year on its larger conspiracy," the NIA official said. "In connection with the (February 21) blasts case we have got custody of Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, who have been brought to Hyderabad on Friday from Tihar jail in Delhi.

February 21: Twin blast rocks Hyderabad. 16 killed, over 100 injured
Blasts triggered by powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar
February 22: Case registered by Andhra Pradesh Police
CCTV in front of Dilsukhnagar bus stand captured image of suspect
February 23: Delhi Police interrogate Indian Mujahideen operatives Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan
February 23: Hyderabad Police grills two-time terror blast survivor 23-year-old unemployed youth Abdul Mirza
15 special teams constituted to crack Hyderabad twin blasts case
February 26: NIA seeks custody of two IM operatives
February 28: Delhi court sends two operatives of IM, lodged in Tihar Jail, to 5-day NIA custody for questioning
March 1: NIA interrogate IM operatives Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan

"We are questioning them. The investigation is going on. We have some leads. However, at this point of time, we cannot reveal the investigation details," the NIA officer said. A court in Delhi had on Thursday granted the NIA five-day custody of Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan for their interrogation following which the two were brought to the city by the agency.

The blasts in Hyderabad, which claimed 16 lives, were triggered by powerful IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar.


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