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No breakthrough yet in Ludhiana blast case
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | October 16, 2007 17:29 IST
The Punjab police have denied media reports about them having achieved breakthroughs in the Ludhiana cimena hall blast, which killed six persons on Sunday.
"The media has been going to town with various stories that we have found something or the other. Even we in the police department are ignorant of what we have achieved. One such story doing the rounds is that we have found a laptop that would uncover the entire plot. This morning, a newspaper carried a report that this was a joint operation of the BKI and the jihadis," a top ranking state police official said.
25 people with suspected links with the Babbar Khalsa International were questioned about the incident, which is said to have the BKI stamp on it.
The state police is working in coordination with the central Intelligence Bureau.
The central sleuths, however, chose not to speak about the nature of their investigations. "We are on the job," said one them, who met this correspondent at the CMC hospital in Ludhiana where injured are 25 undergoing treatment.
"We had 24 persons till yesterday. Last night one more person was shifted from the civil hospital which takes the count to 25," said Richa Arora, who looks after the Public Relation activities at the hospital.
The hospitals, meanwhile, have been efficient.
"Our medical students donated blood to cater to the needs of emergency. We have a well packed blood bank and that took care of the immediate needs for blood transfusion," Dr John Abhraham, Principal of CMC told rediff.com.
While one victim Pawan Kumar's left leg was amputated to save his life, another victim Mohammad Imtiaz's lost his right shoulder.
Shiv Shankar of Sitamarhi in Bihar has been living on Tibba Road in Ludhiana and was working as an assistant to a building contractor. He went to see the Bhojpuri film to kill time knowing little that he would be injured in a bomb blast. "Once I get well, I plan to go back home and work there. I hope I do not have to return here," he said.
Kitabudin of Kidwai Nagar belongs to Batiya district of Bihar and he too had gone to enjoy on a holiday along with a friend. "I would love to go back home and work there. At least, I would be safe," said the 24-year-old whose legs are under plaster.
Santosh Awasthi, 20, seldom went to the movies. "This was my first visit here after I came three months ago. There are six people in the family and I never watch films but this was a change and now I regret my decision," he said.
Once discharged, he plans to go back home and later decide whether to come back for a job in Ludhiana or look for one in Uttar Pradesh.