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Bangla link adds problems for police

AS THREE Bangladeshi terrorists were reported to have executed the bomb blasts in Varanasi on March 7, the police and intelligence agencies were left in a tizzy as to how to deal with the Bangldeshi link here. It may be mentioned that an unspecified number of Bangladeshi nationals were living in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal etc, a vast chunk of this Bangladeshi population is also seen in the temple town here.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:08 IST

AS THREE Bangladeshi terrorists were reported to have executed the bomb blasts in Varanasi on March 7, the police and intelligence agencies were left in a tizzy as to how to deal with the Bangldeshi link here.

It may be mentioned that an unspecified number of Bangladeshi nationals were living in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal etc, a vast chunk of this Bangladeshi population is also seen in the temple town here.

“Soon after the blasts took place, we suspected involvement of some foreign terrorists — especially Pakistani and Bangladeshis,” SSP Varanasi GK Goswami told HT.

The secret survey of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals in Varanasi was also started, he added.

However, he said the survey was in progress. “This is not an easy assignment, all aspects are to be taken into consideration while conducting survey of this population,” he said.  

Surprisingly, there is no such official figure about Bangladeshi people available with the local administration. The number of this population on the rise here.
These people are seen pulling rickshaws and their wives taking menial jobs as house maids etc. The police suspect some Bangladeshi people might have changed their names for their convenience. The possibility of some Bangladeshis having faked their identities is not ruled out, Goswami said, adding, “We don’t want to harass these people in the process of the survey and subsequent identification of the black sheep.”

It may be mentioned the three main terrorists having executed the blasts and who are still at large have been identified by the mastermind Wali Ullah as Bashiruddin, Mustafez and Zakaria, all residents of Bangladesh.

The three Bangladeshi terrorists, according Wali Ullah, were involved in planting bombs in Shramjeevi Express on July 28, 2005 and another blast at Dashaswmedh Ghat on February 23, 2005.

In both the two blasts 20 people were killed and in March 7 blasts case 16 people lost their lives.