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Hyderabad on alert on eve of 4th anniversary of Mecca Masjid blast

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 19:46

Hyderabad: Ahead of the fourth anniversary
of the Mecca Masjid bomb blast on Wednesday, the Hyderabad Police
have sounded a high alert and beefed up security in the city
as a precautionary measure, as there is no specific
intelligence input about any possible security threat.
Security has been tightened, particularly in Old City and
surrounding areas. Police personnel have intensified
patrolling in these areas, they said.

"This time we don?t expect any trouble or problem as
extremist Viqaruddin Ahmed alias Viqar and his associates,
who killed policemen are already behind bars," a senior police
officer told agency, adding that the Hyderabad Police were on
high alert for the past two days.

Viqar and his associates had targeted policemen on duty
on two consecutive anniversaries of the Mecca Masjid blast,
allegedly killing two cops and injuring two others since
December 2008.

Terror operative and founder of militant outfit
Tahreek Galba-e-Islam (TGI) Viqaruddin Ahmed and his six
associates were arrested in July last year and put in judicial
A cell phone-triggered bomb went off at the historic
Mecca Masjid during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007, killing
nine people, while five protesters died in police firing after
the blast.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is now
probing the blast case, yesterday filed a charge-sheet
against Swami Aseemanand and named one Indresh Kumar in
connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case.

The CBI, which registered a case in June 2007, has so far
named six persons, all allegedly having links with a
right-wing Hindu outfit. The agency filed charge-sheets
against two accused, Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma -
presently lodged at Chanchalguda central prison -- last year.


First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 19:46
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