The investigation into the train bombings expands in the direction of Bangladesh. From AP:
BOMBAY, India – Investigators questioned a group of Islamic preachers on Tuesday in India’s remote northeast, searching for clues to last week’s deadly bombings on Bombay”s commuter rail network.
The preachers have spent the past three weeks delivering sermons in remote villages along India’s porous border with Bangladesh. Authorities fear Muslim militants might be smuggling weapons and munitions over that border into India.
Investigators from Bombay”s anti-terrorist squad arrived in northeastern Tripura state Monday to question two preachers from Tabliq-E-Jamaat, a legal Muslim organization, to determine whether they are connected to the Bombay attacks, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Local police were questioning other Tabliq-E-Jamaat preachers in another part of the state, he said.
The group’s Tripura chief told reporters Monday that he didn’t believe the preachers were involved in anything subversive.
“Investigators are free to question them and be satisfied, but they should not be harassed,” Taibur Rahman said.