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Varanasi blast: Probe agencies zeroing in on suspects

Tuesday September 27, 2011 05:30:55 PM, Agencies

New Delhi/Lucknow: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) and Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) are on the trail of two youths who, the two agencies suspect, had triggered the blast at Sheetla Ghat in Varanasi on Dec.7, 2010.


The investigating agencies have reportedly also identified the two youths, who keep on changing their hideouts.


The NIA decided to work jointly with the UP ATS after they got some clues that indicated the same group which was behind the Varanasi blasts could be involved in Sept.7 attack at the Delhi High Court.


Sources said the NIA and the ATS have identified one suspect, who is apparently seen in a video footage planting the bomb on the stairs at Sheetla Ghat in Varanasi.


The agencies have also got a clue about an associate of the prime suspect. While the ATS is not ready to divulge details, both the suspects are said to belong to UP.

Meanwhile, three years after a crude bomb exploded at a flower market in Mehrauli, police have found similarities between the explosive used in the blast and one found outside the Delhi High Court on May 25.


While the bomb outside the court failed to explode, the one in Mehrauli had killed 3 people.


Neither of the cases have been solved yet.


“An analysis of explosives found in both the cases has showed that they were similar in nature. In both the cases ammonium nitrate and fuel oil was used to trigger the blast. No timers were found in both the bombs,” said a senior police officer.


On Sept. 27, 2008, a bomb had exploded at the busy flower market in Mehrauli, a few metres away from a mosque, killing three people and injuring 10 others.


The explosive found outside the High Court on May 25 this year was also wrapped in a polythene bag and placed under a Ford Figo car near Gate number 7.


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had denied that these explosives were related to any terrorist act.





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