Search on for Abu Rashid in Azamgarh

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Azamgarh (UP), Oct 3: On Friday, Oct 3 the Mumbai cps conducted a search in Azamgarh town of Uttar Pradesh to look out for Abu Rashid, the main suspect in the recent series of bomb blasts across the country. The police officials said that the Mumbai Crime Branch and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh are jointly conducting search operation in Azamgarh.

The five alleged members of Indian Mujahideen who were arrested in Mumbai revealed the name of Abu Rashid. He is believed to be one of the key members of the Indian Mujahideen (IM). Those held in Mumbai are suspected to have connection with the recent Delhi, Ahmedabad and other blasts in the country since 2005.

Azamgarh came into limelight for all the wrong reasons. Once known for the Hindu-Muslim synergy and high intellect, the region is now being tagged as the new 'breeding ground for the terrorists'. The Intelligence agencies believe that the region has proved to be a 'fertile ground' for many militant outfits.

The Police have said that 13 school friends hailing from Azamgarh had planned and executed the recent serial blasts in New Delhi claiming at least 22 lives and injuring100.

While two militants were killed and one arrested during the fierce encounter on Sep 19, three more arrests were made on September 21.

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