No casualities in Tripura blasts: Tripura Govt

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Agartala, Oct 2: The Tripura government has denied reports of any deaths in seven serial blasts that rocked Agartala on Wednesday, Oct 1 night and stated that about 80 people were injured in the incidents while bomb squads defused two bombs late night in the city. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said there was no death in the blasts and he spoke to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Chief Secretary Shasi Prakash spoke to Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.

Mr Sarkar announced to bear the cost of treatment of the injured people and said after a meeting with his cabinet colleagues on Thrusady, Oct 2, the state government would decide the compensation package for the victim families. He has refused to make any comment over an international terrorist link and said the multiple investigations had been launched to find out clues.

''Since this is a first such kind of incident in the state, we are trying to manage it at our best level,'' Mr Sarkar said and added that central and state agencies would work together to manage the situation.

The ruling CPI(M) said, ''It looked like a pre-planned act to create panic and strike terror in the otherwise comparatively peaceful state.'' Meanwhile, intelligence sources indicated that Bangladesh-based terror group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (HuJI) and Indian Mujaheedin were involved in the serial Agartala blasts because the nature of the incidents was quite similar to the previous blasts in Bangalore, Amhedabad and Delhi and the bombs were low intensity time explosives.

They suspected the explosive devices were brought on many bicycles and distributed in different market areas of the town crowded by Eid and Durga Puja shoppers but nobody had yet claimed responsibility.

Three suspected HuJI members were arrested in Agartala in the last two months. Islamic militant Mamun Mian of Bangladesh was arrested from Agartala in March and his association with international terrorists was established.

There were also intelligence inputs indicating that local tribal groups -- All Tripura Tribal Front or the National Liberation Tribal Front -- were planning attacks against Bangladeshi migrants.

Agartala incidentally is situated right on the India-Bangladesh border with the international boundary remaining by and large porous.

However, extra forces have been deployed in all the mosques of the state to ensure peaceful celebration of Eid but panic gripped the city dwellers. Most of the inter-state and intra-state buses were cancelled and major markets were shut down.


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