UP ATS to investigate Varanasi blast

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday transferred investigation of Varanasi blast to the Anti-Terror Squad of the state police.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 18:50 PM IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday transferred investigation of Varanasi blast to the Anti-Terror
Squad of the state police.

"Investigation into yesterday`s blast, which was till
now being done by Varanasi police, has been handed over to the
ATS for further probe," Additional Director General of Police
(Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters here.

Though Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility of
the blast, he said it was premature to name any organisation,
person or module behind the attack.

"As of now we cannot say with surety who is the person,
organisation or module behind the blast," he said.

Lal said the mail, reportedly sent by IM, originated
from Navi Mumbai. "The mail was sent by using a Wi-Fi
connection of Mithlesh Thakkar, a resident of sector 17, Wasi
Navi Mumbai."

The Mumbai police said the system was unsecured as it
did not have a password, the ADG pointed out.

He said teams of forensic science laboratory, Special
Task Force, besides experts of the central agencies visited the
spot for a close examination.

"No circuit, battery, remote operated device or
sharpnels were recovered from the spot. Whatever evidences
were collected have been sent for chemical analysis after
which it will be clear what explosive was used," he said.

The ADG said injury caused to the people was also not
due to sharpnels.

"There is a possibility that the explosive might have
been placed under a stone at the ghat, but it is a matter of
investigation," he added.

PTI