10 kg explosives found in Faizabad

Police also recover 20 litres of ammonium nitrate from the railway station in Faizabad, hours after serial blasts rock Gorakhpur, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: May 23, 2007 19:41 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
Hindustan Times

The Faizabad police on Wednesday recovered 10 kg explosive and a tin containing 20 liters of ammonium nitrate from the railway station. The material has been sent to Agra forensic laboratory for testing. The recovery of explosive has put the security agencies on high alert.

Talking to Hindustan Times on Wednesday the Director General of Police (DGP) GL Sharma said "the probe team has also been trying connect link, if any, between explosive recovery in Faizabad and serial explosions in Gorakhpur on Tuesday".

The additional director general (law and order) Brijlal said recovery from "second class waiting room at the railway station was made during special checking after Gorakhpur explosions". Brijlal said "ten packets weighing one kg each were in a bag". Some eatable was also kept there.

The DGP and Principal secretary (Home) K Chandramauli air-dashed to Gorakhpur to review the situation after explosions in which five persons were injured. Sharma said "investigation team has been working on some clues" to unearth blast conspiracy.

The police have already sounded high alert in the state. Vigil is being kept in communally sensitive districts - Aligarh, Moradabad, Meerut, Kanpur and Allahabad. Security has been tightened in temple towns of Ayodhya-Faizabad, Mathura, Varanasi and Gorakhpur.

Sharma said some people had been detained for interrogation and "vigil has been mounted in the district". The police have launched massive search exercise in Gorakhpur. Sharma said the "Special Task Force (STF) and local police have been investigating involvement of both terrorists and anti-social elements in the blasts". The STF had successfully worked out Ayodhya attack in 2005 and Varanasi serial blasts in 2006.

Apart from communal sensitivity Gorakhpur region is also close to prevailing left wing terrorism on Nepal borders. The IG zone Gorakhpur Dilip Trivedi said "it appears to be handiwork of the trained people and local involvement cannot be ruled out".

He said explosions during peak hours at Gol Ghar, main commercial hub, however failed to do any damage. Trivedi hoped "the police would be able make breakthrough soon". Trivedi said security had been tightened on UP-Nepal border.

First Published: May 23, 2007 09:52 IST