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Samjhauta Express blasts: 2 held in Indore

Source: PTI
March 14, 2007 10:00 IST
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Two persons have been arrested in Indore by the Haryana police for their suspected involvement in the Samjhauta Express train blasts, police sources said on Wednesday.

The two, identified as Huzaifa of Abhinandan Bag Centre and the shop manager Poonam Singh Thakur, were taken to Panipat or Chandigarh after seeking permission of the court for further probe, they told PTI adding, it was established that the cover of the suitcase in which bombs were planted was stitched by them.

However, it was not established as yet whether the suitcase of Kodak brand was actually purchased from Indore as they were of inferior quality costing about Rs 150-200, and was supplied by a Mumbai-based firm.

Two powerful explosions ripped through two coaches of the Lahore-bound Samjhauta Express on the night of February 18, killing 67 people near Panipat.

The sources said Huzaifa and Thakur were not cooperating in the probe. They were unable to provide the sales record to the probing team.

Even the probe team was unable to establish whether the plastic bottle of Sourabh plastic of Indore found in the suitcase was actually purchased from the city as the product is being distributed from Indore to places situated up to a distance of 400-500 km, they said.

The probe team during investigations has also found an Aligarh connection as the leading newspaper in which the bombs were wrapped was published from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, the sources said.

It was also not established whether circuits used in the bombs were purchased from Indore, though the probe team questioned three-four circuit makers in Indore, the sources said.

Inspector General, Indore Range, Rajendra Kumar confirmed that the probe team has taken away the arrested persons along with them.

Besides an Inspector V Singh, police officials up to the rank of Additional DG, DIG and SP among others visited Indore for tracing the blast links.

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