S.M. Street fire: PIL filed for probe

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Kozhikode: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the High Court of Kerala seeking a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the mysterious fire that broke out at the commercial Sweet Meat (S.M.) Street here in April 2007 which resulted in the death of eight persons.The High Court will consider the PIL filed by activist Raju Puzhangara on Monday. The petitioner has stated that the samples collected from the blast sites in Bangalore and the debris of S.M. Street contained similar chemical composition and materials.

Low intensity improvised explosive devices were used in the blasts at five places in Bangalore on July 25, 2008. The samples contained ammonium nitrate, which had been used to trigger the blasts.Gelignite sticks and concrete shrapnel with a fuse wire were recovered from exploded materials in Bangalore. Samples containing concrete pieces attached with wicks were detected from the site of the fire also, which broke out from a wholesale fire-cracker shop at Moideen Palli Road linking S.M. Street.

The Kozhikode Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) which investigated the case had not been able to establish what exactly caused the blast. This was after the State Forensic Department had given a report to the Crime Branch that its team had found presence of a mixture of potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate, aluminium powder, carbon and sulphur in the samples collected from the site. But investigators had the ruled out sabotage in the incident. However, in October last year, the State government ordered further investigation into the incident after the State and Central intelligence agencies suspected a similarity in the blasts in Bangalore and the S.M. Street fire case of April 5, 2007.

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