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Jaipur blasts: SIMI activist detained

Jaipur, May 17
A man suspected to have links with the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was detained early Saturday in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan for his suspected links to the serial bombings in Jaipur, police sources said. Sajid, 30, a teacher at a madrassa in Badi Udai village, about 200 km from here, was detained at about 3 am by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Rajasthan Police which is probing Tuesday's blasts that killed 63 people and injured over 200. Police sources said Sajid was brought to Jaipur, where he was being interrogated.

Indore: The blasts in Jaipur may have a link with Indore as one of the sketchs released by Rajasthan police is believed to have been involved in the crime resembles one of the absconding activists of the banned SIMI. Though Madhya Pradesh police are tight-lipped in this regard, all the indications are directed towards SIMI activists Abu Faisal, who was arrested from a hotel in the Gwaltoli area of the city in 2006 while attending a meeting of the banned organisation. He was release later on bail.

According to sources, Faisal has been actively involved in anti-national and illegal activities since his release and was absconding after March 27, 2007. — Agencies




Jaipur Blast Probe
Don’t make controversial comments, Patil to agencies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Union home minister Shivraj Patil today advised agencies investigating Jaipur serial blasts to concentrate on the job at hand and refrain from making any controversial statements.

Taking note of reports in a section of the media pointing to difference of opinion on some points pertaining to the explosions, Patil said, “At this point of time, nothing should be done which creates hurdles in the task of investigating agencies.”

The home minister, who cancelled his ‘Meet the Press programme’ at the Press Club of India here today, said those who were on the job need to be helped in every respect. He assured the Rajasthan government and its police of full support from the Centre.

“Issues which are not pertinent at this point of time need not be raised now. They were raised in the past. They can be raised in the future. At this time, they are better avoided. This is necessary to present a picture, which is helpful for the task to be performed. With this objective in mind, everybody is coming forth and trying to be helpful. This should be appreciated by one and all. In fact, the people appear to appreciate it”.

Patil, who had visited Jaipur after the blasts, said, “The incidents that were perpetrated in Jaipur are most condemnable. They were perpetrated to disturb the communal harmony.” He had a word of praise for the responsible behaviour of the people who did not allow the nefarious designs of the terrorists to succeed. He said while the public needs our thanks and congratulations, the victims need our understanding and sympathy.



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