Investigators probing the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama have found shards of a material from what seems like part of a jerrycan at the site and suspect that the explosive that killed 40 CRPF men on Thursday may have been packed in this.
While much of the jerrycan has been destroyed, this material, investigators said, broke away and survived the blast. From these remains, investigators estimate that the can was not more than 20-25 litres in size and so could not have held more than 30 kg of RDX, the explosive suspected to have been used. Sleuths from the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), jointly probing the case, have also found a metal piece that had a number written on it. Assuming it to be the chassis number, investigators are said to have traced the owner but it turned out to be a red herring — this number matched a vehicle that doesnt seem to be connected with the blast.
As reported by The Indian Express on Sunday, based on eyewitness accounts, investigations have established that the attacker was driving a red-coloured Maruti Eeco car packed with an improvised explosive device (IED) and detonated it when it came close to the fifth bus in the convoy. The convoy was moving on the Jammu-Srinagar highway when the attacker, claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed to be its recruit Adil Ahmed Dar, drove his car on the highway from a side lane in Lethpora and detonated the bomb.
Sources said that from the attack site, investigators picked up a car bumper, a few pieces of a jerrycan and the metal piece with a number.