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Mayawati orders thorough probe into Gorakhpur blasts

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said that senior officials have been rushed to Gorakhpur District to conduct a thorough probe.

Lucknow, May 23 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said that senior officials have been rushed to Gorakhpur District to conduct a "thorough probe".

Suspecting a "big conspiracy" behind the Gorakhpur serial blasts, in which six persons were injured, she said the state police chief, Principal Secretary (home), Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) and Additional Director General of Police (Special Task Force) had been sent to Gorakhpur by air to monitor the investigation.

Traders and activists of the Hindu Yuva Vahini are observing a shutdown in Gorakhpur today in protest against Tuesday's three bomb blasts in the town's busiest shopping area.

On Wednesday, police said they had recovered 10 kgs of explosives and 20 litres of ammonium nitrate from a railway station in Faizabad at around 2.00 a.m.According to the police, the explosives were recovered during a search

Uttar Pradesh has been placed on state of high alert following the incident.

Security has also been beefed around the famous Dwarkadheesh, Bankey Behari Ji, Daan Ghati and Krishna Balram and Gorakhnath temples and in the nearby holy towns of Allahabad and Varanasi.

Orders for special vigil at the fair of Goverdhan where scores of pilgrims perform Parikrama of hillock Goverdhan were issued.

Checking in yellow Zone area at the two shrines of Sri Krishna Janmasthan has also begun with special vigil at railway and bus stations, District Police Chief R.K. Chaturvedi said.

A Kanpur report said security has been beefed up in the city following Gorakhpur blasts.

"Security measures have been put in place. Strict checking is on across all cinemas, railway stations, bus stations. People are being urged not to lend ears to rumours and to report if they come across any unattended object," said Suryakant Tripathi, a senior police officer.

Police have been placed on alert in the city and exit points, besides the India-Nepal border.

Local said the explosions were created to spread terror and create a rift among the people.

"The blasts were aimed at spreading terror among people. It targeted the harmony among people," said Pradeep Singh, a local.

The first blast took place near the Baldev Plaza shopping complex. Two more bombs exploded at the Ganesh Hotel and the Jalkal Building respectively.

The bombs were wrapped in polythene bags and packed in tiffin boxes before being planted on bicycles and a scooter parked in crowded places in the city.

The blasts went off around 7.00 p.m., each with an interval of about five minutes.

The Union Home Ministry has reportedly asked the State Government to give details about the blasts.

Tuesday's serial blasts came after a bomb blast at the Mecca mosque in Hyderabad that killed 13 last week.


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