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Remote device used in Allahabad blast
Published on 13 Jul. 2010 10:21 PM IST
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A remote device was used to carry out the bomb blast in Allahabad that killed one man and severely injured five, including Uttar Pradesh Institutional Finance (Stamps and Registration) Minister Nand Gopal Gupta alias Nandi, police said here Tuesday.
“Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) sleuths have gathered enough evidence indicating use of a remote device to detonate the bomb,” a top police officer said.
“The fact that the bomb exploded just when the minister was walking past that spot clearly shows that someone was keeping an eye to trigger a remote device,” he said.
Investigating agencies comprising the ATS and the Special Task Force (STF) were stated to be working on the theory of a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the blast that was meant to target the minister. Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta alias Nandi, who was critically injured in a bomb blast in Allahabad, is “conscious and out of danger”, doctors said here Tuesday.
Nandi, the minister for finance (stamps and registrations), was late Monday flown in a state plane from the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital in Allahabad to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, about 200 km away. Nandi was operated for his injuries at SGPGIMS late Monday, said a doctor treating him here.
“He (Nandi) is completely out of danger now. The minister is conscious and has been kept in isolation,” SGPGIMS Medical Superintendent A.K. Bhatt told IANS.
“No one is being allowed to meet the minister as there is an infection risk to the patient,” Bhatt said.
Nandi, 36, is the youngest member of the Mayawati cabinet. Despite being a first-time MLA, he was rewarded with a ministerial berth, essentially because of the devastating defeat of two powerful rivals in the 2007 assembly elections.
Both Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi as well as former BJP state chief and party veteran Keshari Nath Tripathi were humbled by Nandi at the polls.
It was a rags-to-riches story for Nandi, who began his career as a pavement seller to rise to chairman of multi-crore rupee Nandi group of industries.
He was also stated to be involved in real-estate and money-lending, that was believed to be somewhere deep behind the murder attempt.
Further, police constable Sanjay, Nandi’s security personnel Pritam, sweeper Shyam Babu and journalist Vijay Pratap Singh suffered serious wounds. While the minister was stated to be “out of danger”, the condition of Vijay Pratap Singh and Sanjay continued to be “serious”. “They are all still undergoing treatment at a local hospital,” Allahabad District Magistrate Sanjay Prasad told IANS.
Five detained
Five people have been detained in connection with the blast here that killed one man and critically injured five, including Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta, police said Tuesday, a day after the attack. The five people are believed to be close to a local Samajwadi Party leader, on whose behest the blast could have taken place, a police official said. The five were detained Monday from the Naini industrial and the trans-Ganga areas following raids in several parts of Allahabad.

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