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Pak, Bangladesh groups behind blasts, says YSR

Andhra chief minister also announces Rs 500,000 each for the kin of those killed and Rs 25,000 for each injured.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2007 14:04 IST

Terror groups based in Pakistan and Bangladesh could be behind Saturday night's twin bombings in the city which killed 42 people, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy said on Sunday.

"All available information points towards the terrorist groups of Pakistan and Bangladesh," he said when asked whether the government was convinced about the involvement of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The chief minister was addressing a news conference after a meeting of the state cabinet, which passed a resolution condemning the blasts.

"The terrorists who don't want India to make economic progress and the international organisations which want to destabilise our country are behind the blasts," he said.

He did not agree that it was a failure of the intelligence and police machinery, and said the blasts were part of an international conspiracy.

The chief minister announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 each for the kin of those killed and Rs 25,000 for each of the injured. "In case of those killed and who were earning members, the government will provide a job to one member of each family," he said. Seventy people were injured in the blasts.

He said the bodies of seven engineering students of Maharashtra were being sent to Pune by flight. While he put the toll at 40, the police had earlier said 42 people were killed.

The chief minister said two railway employees of Madhya Pradesh were among those killed.

He said the cabinet felt that a strong message should be sent to terrorists that they would not succeed in their designs to destabilise the country and the state.

The government has called an all-party meeting to discuss the situation.

First Published: Aug 26, 2007 13:32 IST