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Jaipur blast kingpin an expert at bomb-making

Aug 25, 2008 09:46 PM IST India India
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Lucknow / Jaipur: The regional head of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Shahbaz Hussain was the man allegedly responsible for the serial blasts in Jaipur on May 13.

Hussain is now in the dragnet of the Rajasthan Police. A top SIMI functionary, the police is even looking at his involvement in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad as well as the live bombs found in Surat.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Brij Lal said that Hussain was first being produced in court and then he would be taken to Jaipur to assess his involvement in the blasts in the city.

Hussain was picked up from Aminabad in old Lucknow. He had been running a computer shop for the last two years.

Believed to be an expert in making lethal bombs, Hussain's arrest is likely to provide vital clues as to how bombs were planted in the busy Jaipur market.

Meanwhile, in Delhi in the Supreme Court, there was more good news for the Central Government. Under fire for not gathering enough evidence against SIMI, it has been granted an extension of the ban on the organisation for another six weeks.

Within this time period, the Government will go all out to lay its hands on anyone providing any information on SIMI. Already, six more people have been picked up in different parts of Rajasthan.