J&K ultras' hand seen in string of explosions

Similarities with earlier incidents lead to conclusion. Police on alert.

11th October 1997

GHAZIABAD: Investigators of intelligence agencies of three States- Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh -have found similarities in the Oct.1 bomb blasts in north Delhi and in the blast in Frontier Mail at Ghaziabad and the 1991 bomb blast in Hapur.

This has put the local police on alert. Sources close to intelligence officials indicate the involvement of a Kashmiri terrorist outfit with the help of locals, in the blasts.

The Joint team of the three State agencies have found that there are about 60 Kashmiri youths residing in Hapur areas. Dossiers on these residents are being prepared. The Kashmiri militant outfit's link with local youth at the behest of ISI is being explored in depth, sources said.

On Oct. 1, two persons have died and over 42 injured in triple blasts in the Amritsar-bound Frontier Mail at Ghaziabad and three blasts in North Delhi. Some of the injured are still in hospitals.

Explosive experts who have taken samples of splinters and chemicals etc. according to reliable sources, have said that different types of bombs have been used coring the last ten years. But one of the conclusions of the experts is reported to be that there are similarities in splinters of the bomb blast at Hapur in 1991 and that of Oct.1 in North Delhi and on the Frontier Mail at Ghaziabad.

Five persons, including a PAC jawan were killed in the Hapur blast. The administration has remained tight-lipped on the death of a PAC jawan in the explosion at that time. Twelve live bombs and 60 empties were recovered by the police. The empties are still with the Hapur police, while live bombs were defused by the explosive experts.

Two have died in the 1988 bomb explosion and 11 died in a DTC bus explosion on Aug. 25,1990. The 1991 Hapur blast has claimed five lives and seven were injured in the 1992 shuttle train explosion.

In 1993, 57 kg of RDX was recovered from Sahibabad area by the police. Sixteen persons were killed in the Modi Nagar bus explosion on April 28,1996. In another explosion, four people were killed in Hapur.

Now the intelligence experts are reportedly concentrating on Hapur, sources said. Delhi Inspector Gurcharan Singh was in Hapur for three days investigating the links of the local Kashmiri youth with other aspects and similarities. This alerted the local police which swung into action and prepare dossier on the suspects.

In Garh and Hapur, there are over 60 Kashmiri youth residing at different places. Some of them are reported to be studying in a degree college while others are doing different types of jobs.

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