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High alert sounded in UP after blasts

india Updated: May 23, 2007 17:37 IST

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A state of high alert has been sounded across Uttar Pradesh in the wake of serial bomb blasts in Gorakhpur and recovery of explosives in Faizabad.

Security has been beefed up at all sensitive places and security personnel in strength deployed to thwart the designs to create problems in the state, sources said.

Tight security arrangments had been put in place at Ram Janambhoomi complex at Ayodhya, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and Srikrshna Janmbhoomi in Mathura, they said.

A strict vigil was being maintained on the Indo-Nepal border districts and extensive checking of vehicles was being conducted, they said.

Meanwhile, a Special Task Force team of the UP police had reached Gorakhpur to investigate into Tuesday's serial blasts in Golghar area.

Senior Superintendent of Police RK Rai said timer devices could have been used to detonate three low-intensity bombs last evening in a crowded shopping area of this temple town. Five people were injured in the blasts.

All exit routes of the city had been sealed and security in and around the famous Gorakh Nath temple had been beefed up, police said.

The police was also checking whether the blasts have any link with the recoverey of 10 kilograms of explosives and 20 litres of amonium nitrite from a second class waiting room in Faizabad railway station, they said.

The explosives, the nature of which is yet to be ascertained, were recovered at around 2 am. From the second class waiting room on platform No 1 of the station during a routine search by Railway Police personnel.

The explosives and the liquid were found kept in a bag in the corner of the waiting hall, sources said. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said the governemnt had taken the serial blasts at Gorakhpur seriously and would conduct a thorough investigation into it.

Home department sources in Lucknow said directives had been sent to the district magistrates and police chiefs to maintain a state of high alert.