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Eight held for Varanasi blasts
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow/Varanasi, Lucknow 10
Within 24 hours of the release of the computer-generated sketches of the two Varanasi blast suspects, eight persons were detained in Hardoi district this evening for questioning. Two of them resemble the men in the sketches confirmed SP Hardoi Kashinath Singh.

Speaking to TNS the SP of Hardoi said following a tip off they arrested these men from a house were they had been staying under false names. They claimed to be traders in spectacles, but their names and addresses were all fictitious.

According to Singh they were taken into police custody around 5 in the evening and only after sustained interrogation would it be possible to say if they were in any way associated with the Varanasi blasts.

DGP Yashpal Singh today announced an award of Rs 1 lakh to anyone providing substantive clues leading to the arrest of the terrorists.

Appealing to the resident of Varanasi to come forward to help the police get to the terrorists, the DGP asked them to immediately get in touch with the SSP, Varanasi, Mr Navneet Sikera , or the SSP, STF, Mr S.K. Bhagat, if they had any information regarding any detail of the operations.

Speaking to the media , the DGP said that evidence collected so far led one to believe that the blast once again was the handiwork of the LeT. “It was clear that it was a pre-planned attack involving two or more teams which worked in a coordinated manner”, said Mr Singh.


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