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Varanasi blasts: Govt suspects LeT hand

Three LeT men were killed in separate encounters in Delhi and Lucknow. Religious places in terror trap | Pics | Speak up

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 22:30 IST

Three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including one believed to be involved in Tuesday's twin blasts in Varanasi, were killed in separate encounters in Delhi and Lucknow on Wednesday morning.

Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the police in Bawana area of North West Delhi.

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Another terrorist, identified as Salar alias Doctor Majeed was gunned down in as joint operation by UP Special Task Force and J&K Police in Gosaiganj on the outskirts of Lucknow.

Police sources said RDX and some detonators were found from possession of Salar, a Pakistani national.

Police did not rule out his involvement in the blasts at Sankatmochan temple and Cantonment Railway Station in Varanasi on Tuesday.

 Appeal for calm

"People must maintain peace and calm." —Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

"This is a senseless act of violence"directed at innocent citizens of the country." — Congress President Sonia Gandhi

"Desperate attempt to disturb communal peace." — Home Minister Shivraj Patil

"Stern action will be initiated against all those found involved in the incident." — UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav

They claimed that the encounter took place when he was on his way to Lucknow from Varanasi.

"I do not rule out the possibility of he being involved in the conspiracy behind Varanasi blasts," K Rajendra, Inspector General (Kashmir Range) said in Srinagar adding that Salar had been operating in Delhi and UP for quite sometime.

Salar was involved in a conspiracy to carry out an attack on the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun which was foiled by the security forces.

In Delhi, among the two LeT terrorists killed was Ghulam Yazdani, who was suspected to be involved in the Vijayadashmi attack on the Special Task Force office in Hyderabad.

Yazdani, a Bangladeshi national, and his colleague were gunned down in Bawana area by a team of Special Cell sleuths in an encounter at around 5.45 am, Joint Commissioner (special cell) Karnal Singh said.

One AK-56 assault rifle, two Czheck-made Lugar pistols, four grenades, four kg PETN explosive, fake currency with the face value of Rs 47,000, and a Bangladeshi sim card were recovered from their possession.

Several rounds of ammunition was also recovered from the duo.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 10:32 IST