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Blast probe hints at common terror unit

india Updated: Nov 28, 2007 02:26 IST
Haidar Naqvi
Haidar Naqvi
Hindustan Times
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The pattern in the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh run on the massive database of the National Security Guards (NSG) has shown striking similarities with four major blasts, strongly indicating the involvement of a common terrorist module.

The blasts at Malegaon in Maharashtra, the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer and Golghar in Gorakhpur are similar to the recent blasts in UP, say security agencies working on the case.

“It is known to us that the module was tasked from Bangladesh, where the entire operation was planned. And post-operation help comes from a well-established network of sympathisers in West Bengal,” a police source said.

The real trouble for agencies in cracking this module has always been the identity of the actual perpetrators of the attacks. The module uses local talent minimally during the recces and arranges logistics and explosives locally.

“The leads about this module always dried up with the arrest of members of local cells and this is how the real players are evading the dragnet,” said another police source. He said in UP, there are greater possibilities of involvement of locals or members of sleeper cells. The agencies are probing the Bengal connection common in all the four previous blasts.

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