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Police Claim Progress in Solving ISKCON Temple Blast

submitted by Richard Wyndham, reposted from telegraphindia.com

Posted January 27, 2007

Imphal, Manipur -- Police claim to have unmasked those who hurled a grenade at an ISKCON temple that turned Janmashtami festivities into a bloodbath last year.

Director-general of Manipur police A.K. Parashar told media on January 19 that police had identified the assailants. While he declined to divulge names of any group or individual behind the attacks on devotees, the police chief ruled out the hand of any Muslim fundamentalist group behind the killings. "We know their identities. We will pick them up and punish them. It's only a question of time before we take those responsible behind the blast into custody. Then everything will be as clear as daylight."

Six persons, including two children and a girl, were killed while more than 50, including four foreign nationals, were wounded when a grenade exploded at the ISKCON temple here on August 16.

Manipur police announced a cash reward of 100,000 rupees for information leading to the identification and arrest of the killers. The blast evoked strong condemnation from all sections. Various militant groups denied having any hand in the incident.

Two suspected members of Laskar-e-Toiba, carrying explosive devices, were recently picked up by Delhi police. Police sources in Imphal, however, said that there was no confirmation that the arrested duo from Manipur were members of the Pakistan-based militant outfit. "We are not provided with details of the arrested persons," a police source said.


Reposted from the Telegraph, Calcutta.