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IB seeks Gujarat cops’ help in Varanasi blast probe

IB has formally asked for the Gujarat Police’s assistance in the investigations into the Varanasi bomb blasts.

Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad |
January 25, 2011 1:20:29 am

The intelligence Bureau (IB) has formally asked for the Gujarat Police’s assistance in the investigations into the Varanasi bomb blasts. Sources said that the move was prompted by the fact that the probe,so far,has pointed towards the involvement of Indian Mujaihideen (IM) operatives,whom the IB has claimed to belong to the outfit’s Azamgarh module,who were also wanted in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts.

The Varanasi blast had killed a two-year-old girl and injured 38 others.

Sources said the IB has given Ahmedabad Crime Branch and the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) five specific names — Bada Sajid alias Mohammad Sajid,Mirza Shadab Beig,Asadullah alias Haddi,Abu Rashid and Mohammad Khalid.

DCP (Crime) Himanshu Shukla said,“We are working with the Central IB. These five persons are wanted in both the blasts.”

Ahmedabad Crime Branch officials said that the initial investigations by the Uttar Pradesh ATS had showed the involvement of Dr Shahnawaz of Lucknow and Asadullah of Gulami ka Pura in Azamgarh in the Varanasi blasts. The names of Khalid,Bada Sajid and Mirza Shadab figured subsequently.

“The blasts were carried out by the same Azamgarh module that planted bombs in Ahmedabad through IM sleeper cells. The IM cell in Azambarh is headed by Shahid Badra Falahi,” a senior police officer disclosed.

Abu Rashid of Sangarpur in Azamgarh is a key accused in the Delhi,Ahmedabad,Varanasi (Sankat Mochan Temple) blasts.

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