Monday, August 27, 2007

Naxal link to Hyderabad blasts emerge

NDTV has learnt that investigators have sufficient grounds to look into a Naxal involvement into Saturday's blasts in Hyderabad in which 40 people were killed.

Such a deadly Naxal attack in the heart of Hyderabad could put severe political pressure on the Congress, both at the Centre and the state.

Meanwhile, a day after the twin blasts, Home Minister Shivraj Patil confirmed there was some intelligence available on a possible attack.

Patil said that in a country as large as ours even with intelligence information it is often impossible to predict where terrorists will strike.

''We have to create an ambience where such things don't happen. We must take timely action on intelligence inputs. All of us have to be vigilant, help each other and avoid recriminations,'' Patil said.

Though Patil refused to name any groups, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy indicated the involvement of the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami behind the blasts.

Bodies identified

The bodies of 39 of the 40 blast victims have been identified. Many of the bodies have been sent to their relatives across India.

Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet announced compensation and a job to each family that lost a breadwinner in the twin blasts.

Among those who lost their lives were seven students of the Amritvahini Engineering College in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

The students, who were in the city on a study tour, were watching the laser show at Lumbini when the blast occurred. Five other students have been injured.

The bodies of the students were flown to Pune on Sunday evening. Some of the students were not from Maharashtra and their bodies have been flown back as well.

The political fallout of the blasts has been on predictable lines.

The BJP has demanded a return of tough laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the state opposition has demanded the chief minister's resignation.

The demands have been rejected.

Investigators are now at a Nagpur factory where the explosives used in Hyderabad are believed to have been sourced.

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