No breakthrough in Varanasi blast: Police

Last Updated: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 20:18

Lucknow: Even two days after the blast at
Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi, which left one dead and 36
others injured, the Uttar Pradesh police is still groping in
the dark.

"No breakthrough has been made as of now, we are working
on it and investigations are on. Situation continues to be the
same," Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal told
reporters here today.
He said the investigation has already been transferred to
the Anti Terror Squad (ATS) of the state police.

"Besides, officers of National Investigating Agency (NIA)
and other central agencies are camping in Varanasi," he said.

The forensic team, which collected samples of material
used in the blast yesterday, has taken the items to Agra and
was analysing it.

"The FSL report is expected to come out by tomorrow," the
ADG said.

On report of involvement of Dr Shahnawaz, brother of IM
foot soldier Mohammed Saif who was arrested in the Batla House
encounter in September 19, 2008, and other youths from
Azamgarh district in the Varanasi blast, Brij Lal said it was
premature to say anything as of now.

"As far as Shahnawaz and others, who are members of
Indian Mujahideen, are concerned they are wanted in several
cases of blasts in different states," he said.
"As I have already said, one cannot pin point any
particular person or organisation at this juncture," he said.

Meanwhile, the condition of Phoolrani and her relative
Kranti Bai Dubey, both residents of Jerath village under
Patharia police station in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh,
is critical, police said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 20:18

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