UP govt investigating political links in blast in Kanpur

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Kanpur/Lucknow, Aug 25 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government today said it was investigating into the political links in yesterday's blast in private hostel in Kanpur, in which two people were killed.

The police was also probing the explosives seized from the blast spot and other materials used for manufacturing 'Desi Improvised Explosive Device (IED)' but denied the explosives as RDx.

State Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brijlal said here the Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) had been entrusted with the probe, while the state Forsenic Science department were testing the gravity of the explosives.

He said everything was being investigated including the political links of the deceased, besides the motive behind the blast.

However, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Awadh Bihari Dubey has said the deceased Bhupendra Singh (32) was a member of Bajrang Dal seven years back. He however, had been inactive for the last few years.

Bhupendra and Rajeev Mishra, an employee of a private company were allegedly making a bomb in their room when it exploded and both of them later died in the hospital.

Mr Brij Lal said police has recovered three kilograms of red oxide, one kg of 'sutli', 500 gms of gun powder, three mobiles hand sets, 11 empty desi grenades, seven electronic watches, one bundle of wire, seven battery cells, seven connectors and 70 iron chips.

Yesterday, the Lucknow Police had also raided the residence of Rajeev in the Jiamau locality where he had rented a room.

'' We have seized certain papers from the Lucknow residence Both the papers and the call details of three mobile phones found at the blast spot were being examined,'' the ADG said.

Rajeev was working with a mobile company in the state capital and used to visit home only on week ends, Shiv Sharan Mishra, Rajeev's father said.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources said the duo were active members of Bajrang Dal and used to train youths.

Yesterday, the blast took place in a private hostel room in Kalyanpur area of the industrial city, killing two youths and injuring few others residing in the adjacent rooms.

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