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Communication gap helped culprits escape Monday, October 29, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A state-wide alert has been sounded to nab the four terrorists who escaped under the cover of darkness in the wee hours of Saturday, as the state police picks up the search trail left behind by the core team of the CBI in Patan district.
The local police feel the insurgents escaped on account of "lack of communication" between the central and local agencies, but combing of villages in the border districts of Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan _ that have earlier known to harbour intruders _ have been intensified nevertheless.
Sources said even the state unit of the CBI was reportedly unaware of the operation by the Delhi team of the agency. While the secrecy of the operation can be appreciated, the police feel that "if properly co-ordinated, the local police may have negotiated the unfamiliar terrain better and helped trap them," said one senior official.
Further, with the area being infested with the 'Prosospis Juliflora' (a babool-variety), the police confess that the search is going to be difficult.
The persons who escaped abandoning the truck (RJ-02-G 9560) loaded with RDX, assault weapons, wireless sets and accessories to assemble explosives, are believed to be supported by Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit.
But the investigators are not ruling out links with local counterparts that may have co-ordinated the transit of the consignment, believed to be meant for New Delhi. The possible involvement of the SIMI is also being investigated.
The culprits left abandoning the truck at Babara Patia some 26 km from Varahi police station. SPs P B Upadhyay (Patan) and R B Brahambhatt (Banaskantha) camping here said the Patan police was informed of the incident four hours after the operation.
The four persons involved in ferrying the consignment are believed to have made their way into the surrounding villages. "Special dog squads are being used in the house-to-house search and vehicle-checking," said Brahmbhatt.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]