Third anniversary of Mecca Masjid blast passes off peacefully
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 23:36
Hyderabad: The third anniversary of the bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid here passed off peacefully, even as security forces maintained a tight vigil on suspected terror elements, who have been targeting policemen in particular.

A cellphone-triggered pipe bomb placed at the Mecca Masjid during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007 had claimed nine lives, and five people were killed in police firing, subsequent to the bomb blast.

In view of the recent terror attack that claimed the life of U Ramesh, a police constable on picket duty at Shah-Ali Banda on May 14, security was tightened at important places, including the Mecca Masjid and other parts of the Old City, as a precautionary measure to avert any untoward incidents.

"Security had been beefed up and the day passed off peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported," DCP South Zone Madhusudan Reddy told PTI, adding frisking and vehicle checking were conducted by the police in different areas.

It was for the third time in the past 17 months that suspected terrorist elements attacked policemen on duty, killing two and injuring as many in Hyderabad city and the role of Viqaruddin alias Viqar Ahmed, is being strongly suspected behind these attacks.

Police suspect terror operatives are targeting their personnel to "avenge" the death of five Muslims during the police firing immediately after the blast in the Mecca Masjid.

Even as the police are yet to achieve any breakthrough in the present and the previous cases (attacks on cops), a little known city-based outfit Tehrik Galba-e-Islami, has again claimed responsibility for killing the policeman.

Tehrik Galba-e-Islami, is the same outfit, which had left behind a pamphlet written in Urdu, after suspected terrorists fatally opened fire on a police picket near Falaknuma on May 18 last year, killing a home-guard and injuring a constable.

The shootout at Falaknuma on May 18 last year coincided with the second anniversary of Mecca Masjid blasts.

CBI, which probing the Mecca Masjid bomb blasts case had recently indicated that there was a link between the Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts.

Following these developments, some organisations here have demanded fresh probe into Mecca Masjid blast.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 23:36

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