The serial blasts in Gorakhpur once again proved that Uttar Pradesh continues to figure on the radar of terrorist groups.
The pattern of the blasts, according to sleuths, points to a high-profile group probably the Harkat-ul-Jehadul Islami (HujI) having a vast network across the state through various low-key offshoots.
“There are similarities in Varanasi and Gorakhpur blasts at the first sight and the pattern comes close to modus operandi of HuJI,” said a senior intelligence officer not willing to be identified. And, he added, the blasts are yet another indicator that terrorists are back.
The state, in fact, has a history of being a breeding ground for terrorists for various reasons. Proximity to New Delhi is one of them as it gave terrorists to get away faster. Second, their brand of ideology was subscribed and reciprocated well by a section well in some parts of Western and Eastern UP with borders close to Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
Back in 1996, the state was rocked by first terror attack in Modi Nagar where bombs went off in a state transport bus killing 10 people. The responsibility had been owned by Harkat ul Ansar's UP commander Faizul Waheed.
Six years down the line, Kanpur was shaken by twin blasts in Arya Nagar on eve on Independence Day. Three hours later RDX laden packed blasted killing nine persons on board of Sabarmati Express at Roshanmau Railway station of Faizabad.
The next morning the remote controlled bombs exploded in the Vidhan Sabha canteen. SIMI activists were arrested from all over the state in connection with these explosions. In 2005 explosion took place in Sharamjeevi Express near Jaunpur and again a SIMI activist Babu Bhai — trained at HuJI camp in Bangladesh was arrested.
According to recent intelligence inputs Kairana, Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Siddharth Nagar, Chandauli and Ambedkar Nagar are being exploited to the fullest and maximum recoveries of explosive have been reported from these cities. "The terror groups for long are trying to create communal flare ups akin to 1992 to get recruits. The attacks in Ayodhya and Varanasi were part of this unholy stratagem," said a senior official. And the Gorakpur blasts is being seen just as a continuation.