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Ram Navami violence: NIA team reaches Hazaibagh to probe circumstances behind April 17 blast

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New Delhi: NIA team on Tuesday reached Hazaribagh to examine the circumstances behind the April 17 Ram Navami violence and the subsequent bomb blast at Habibinagar Colony that killed six persons and injured two.

Officials of the team visited the place soon after arrival and would like to stay in Hazaribagh in connection with the inquiry, Superintendent of Police, Akhilesh Kumar Jha, said here.

Senior BJP leader and former External Affairs minister Yashwant Sinha had on April 21 demanded NIA probe into the blast.

Meanwhile, another person was arrested today at Marhetta under Hazaribagh Mufassil police station area after the police came to know that he was also injured in the blast and now under treatment at his in-laws’ place, Jha said. He has since been shifted to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital, the police officer said.

Sinha added that interrogation of the accused was on to ascertain how many people were involved in the making of the bomb that resulted in the blast. Earlier, the police got information from one of the injured persons and accused that seven persons had allegedly been involved in the bomb making when the blast took place and that the dead were buried. Subsequently, the police moved the court and exhumed five bodies yesterday.

After autopsy, the bodies were again buried here today in the presence of their relatives, the police said. The April 17 violence during Ram Navami procession had led imposition of curfew in Hazaribagh town and its surrounding areas for a week. Altogether six persons had been killed and two others were injured in the bomb blast, the SP said. One body was recovered on April 20. Both the injured have been arrested and being treated for their wounds.

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