Malegaon blasts: Suspected ISI agent held in Lucknow

via published on September 13, 2006

MALEGAON: In a major breakthrough in the Malegaon blasts on September 8, STF have arrested one ISI agent in Lucknow, who was caught passing sensitive military information. The man, travelling on a Pakistani passport, was trained in Dhaka.

At least 37 people were killed and 56 were seriously injured on September 8 when three bombs concealed on cycles went off near a mosque in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town, when people were coming out after Friday afternoon prayers.

The blasts occurred near the Hamidia Mosque in the Bada Kabristan area of the communally sensitive town.

Meanwhile, the police again recovered another set of explosives on Wednesday, from a bag in the busy Mohammadiya Madarassa Shopping Centre.

The entire area has been cordoned off and fire brigade personnel have been stationed outside the Centre. The bomb squad was searching the premises located at Kidwai Road.

The Mohammadiya Shopping Centre is close to the graveyard where the blasts took place last week after Friday prayers.

The crowd around the place has been disbursed by police and media also kept away from the building.

Anti-terrorist squad officials, inclduding S Jaiswal, alongwith IG P K Jain and Malegaon Superintendent of Police Rajwardhan, have reached the spot.

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