UP police interrogates Jaipur blast suspect

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Lucknow, Jul 27 (UNI) Even as security personnel are grappling to identify the conspirators of the Ahmedabad serial blasts, Uttar Pradesh police with the assistance its Jaipur counter parts have taken in custody a suspect from Varanasi for his alleged involvement in the May 13, Pink city serial blast.

Security personnel of Rajasthan were interrogating one Maulana Abdul Matin Madni (32), a teacher in an Arabic university, for his suspected involvement in a bank robbery at Jaipur on April 22, which later revealed that this looted money had a role in Jaipur blast.

During the investigation of the Jaipur blast, it was found that the looted money of the bank was used to fund the explosions.

According to the police, as per the directives of the higher-ups, Abdul was now being interrogated by the police team of both the states and if necessary he would be sent to Jaipur on a transit remand.

Yesterday, confusion broke out in Varanasi after Jaipur police took away Abdul and the local people went on a violant protest against the action. Later, the jaipur police returned with Abdul on a request from UP police from Kanpur.

Sources said Abdul had stayed in a Jaipur's hotel under a fake name, Rahman, during the bank dacoity of Rs 22 lakhs on April 22 last.

Police had, however, registered a case at Manas Chowk police station in connection with the dacoity.

Earlier on May 22, Jaipur police had arrested one Rahman from New Delhi but later he was found to be innocent.

Abdul, a native of Madanpura locality of temple town of Varanasi, was a teacher in the Jamia Salkai Arabic University.

Meanwhile, security arrangements in UP has been beefed-up after yesterday's serial blast, in Ahmedabad and leaves of all the policemen of the state have been cancelled till August 20.

''All possible security measures have been made at all sensitive places and routine checking has been intensified,'' said Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brijlal here today.

He said the State government was closely monitoring the security system at all the important places, including airports, railway stations, religious spots, markets and shopping malls.

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