Tripura police seeks help from Interpol

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Agartala, Nov 27 (UNI) The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Tripura police has sought help from the Interpol to nab the prime accused in the Agartala serial blasts.

Issuing a statement on the latest status of investigation in Agartala serial blasts, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar apprised the state Assembly that the CID had been in touch with the Interpol to nab activist of the banned militant outfit All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) Satyaranjan Debbarma and another mastermind in the incident, who have reportedly taken shelter in Bangladesh.

He also vehemently opposed the intelligence report that Jihadi elements based in Bangladesh backed by Pakistan, had been using Tripura as a corridor to carry out terror strikes in India.

''Our intelligence and other paramilitary forces never found out that Tripura is being used by anti-Indian elements as corridor and we never reported any such happenings to the Centre,'' Mr Sarkar said, adding ATTF was behind the serial blasts to destabilise the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

However, he admitted that the design of the attack was quite similar to other serial blasts in major metros in India.

Mr Sarkar, however, ruled out CBI probe into the incident and stated that CID had been making satisfactory progress in the investigation and as such there was no need to call in the CBI because the Centre had extended full support to the state government in the investigation.

Altogether 18 people have been arrested in connection with the blast and seven of them were in judicial custody while two more ATTF collaborators were still at large, he said and assured that CID sleuths had been taking help from National Security Guards (NSG) and Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

Admitting the failure of the state administration to ensure security leading to the blasts, Mr Sarkar said police was not fully prepared to tackle such a crisis, as the state had never witnessed such kind of incident before.

To deal with such kind of situation, the government has decided to impart specialised training to 30-35 police personnel and increase the number of sniffer dogs to be deployed in seven different sensitive locations of Tripura.

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