Saturday, December 29, 2007

Major progress in blasts probe, claims Andhra police

Hyderabad (PTI): The Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday claimed to have achieved major progress in the investigation into the three terror blasts that rocked the city this year.

"Our officers have done a wonderful job. They achieved a lot of success in the investigation," Director General of Police S S P Yadav said, addressing the customary year-end press conference here.

To several queries on the blasts, he said the investigators visited Uttar Pradesh and other states and obtained "some clues".

Refusing to divulge further details, he said, "we will shortly come out with details. The progress we have achieved so far is satisfactory".

To another question, the DGP said the investigation into the terror attack of such magnitude is a time-consuming process.

On the Naxal menace haunting the state for about three decades, Yadav asserted that there is a perceptible change in the entire scenario of extremist activities.

Eighty per cent of the Naxal cadre in the state was neutralised, he said. "Cadre strength dwindled from 850 last year to 400 this year".

"There is a decline of 42 per cent in the crime rate during 2007 when compared to last year. 1061 extremists were arrested, 119 had surrendered and 43 died in 46 exchange of fire. Out of 43 deceased, four are policemen," he said.

As many as 178 arms dumps of Maoists that contained a large quantity of arms and ammunition were found during combing operations.

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