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Central team in Tripura, 6 held for blasts

The Central Govt has sent expert teams of the NSG and the Central Forensic Laboratory to Tripura even as the state police formed two teams of the CID to probe bombings, reports Syed Sajjad Ali.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2008 00:35 IST
Syed Sajjad Ali

The Central government has sent expert teams of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Forensic Laboratory to Tripura even as the state police formed two teams of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe Wednesday night’s bombings in Agartala city. About 74 people were injured, four of them critically, in the four explosions that rocked the city.

The state director general of police, Pranay Sahay, said six people had been detained for questioning, but no arrests had been made so far. “We are trying to verify their movements and past record,” he said. He also refused to hold any group responsible for the incident. “I don’t want to name any group till investigations are over,” he said.

He conceded that some similarities were found in the blasts that took place in Agartala as well as those in other parts of the country.

Preliminary investigations reveal that ammonium nitrate, timer and other ingredients were used in the blasts, police officials said. Sahay added that the expert teams had arrived here on Thursday to examine the blast sites.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar held a high-level meeting on Wednesday night to review the situation before visiting the blast sites. He also met the injured in the hospitals. Paramilitary Assam Rifles and Triprua State Rifles jawans have been deployed in different localities of the state to restore the confidence of the people.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress has demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister for his failure to handle the situation. “The terrorists and militants have been using the state as a corridor for a long time, yet the Left Front government is completely inactive,” said leader of opposition Ratan Lal Nath.

The ruling CPI(M), however, saw a conspiracy behind the blasts, as reflected in the coordinated blasts that rocked the city ahead of the festivals of Eid and Durga puja.

Of 74 people injured, 20 have been discharged from hospitals. One critically injured patient was sent to Guwahati for better treatment. The lone woman victim, Sabita Das, continued to be in a critical condition at the GB Hospital. She was hurt when a bomb went off in her small shop at the market adjacent to the hospital.