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Lashkar militant held in Delhi
One hurt in another blast
Tribune News Service and PTI

New Delhi, May 23
In a massive hunt to trace the suspects involved in the twin bomb blasts last night in two cinema halls here the Special Cell of the Delhi police today claimed to have detained a militant belonging to the LeT terrorist outfit last night in the Safdarjung area.

However, the sleuths are interrogating the militant identified as one Mohammad Ishaq Ittoo, alias Shabbir Ahmed, resident of Anantnag, to ascertain his involvement in the blasts.

The sleuths also claimed to have recovered 5.5 kg of RDX, two electronic detonators and Rs 2.5 lakh havala money from his possession.

Meanwhile a third explosion took place in the Nand Nagri area of North-East Delhi this morning injuring one person. The police said this morning around 5.45 am, the victim injured his arm when he picked up an unattended bag. The blast is suspected to have been caused by a low-grade explosive.

But the police dismissed any connection between today’s purse explosion at Nand Nagri and yesterday’s cinema blasts. “It was a device hidden in a purse... a mischief, but we are not linking it to the cinema blasts,” said a senior officer.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today visited Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here to meet those injured in yesterday’s twin blasts in cinema halls. He was accompanied by Delhi Lt Governor B.L. Joshi and Police Commissioner K.K. Paul along with other senior officials.

The police said 32 persons were discharged from different hospitals. Home Minister Shivraj Patil who also visited the victims today asked the Delhi Police to be “extra vigilant” in the wake of the three bomb blasts. The government has asked the police to remain “more careful and extra vigilant” especially on days such as August 15 and January 26, Mr Patil said.

Mr Patil said the police was carrying out an investigation to nail the culprits and appealed to the people not to panic.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Government today announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of the person killed in last night’s blasts in two cinema halls of the capital.

An amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to any person left disabled due to the explosions, according to an official. As much as Rs 20,000 will be given to those seriously injured and the persons with minor injuries will get Rs 1,000 each.


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