Police filed final report in 2008, without any leads in the case

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The state government on Monday informed the Allahabad High Court that a final report has been filed in connection with the investigation pertaining to the Dashashwamedha Ghat blast case of 2005 in Varanasi in which 7 persons were killed.

The affidavit said that the final report was filed in 2008 and accepted by court in 2010. But this is the first time that these facts have come to light.

Also, this is probably the first terror-related case in which the police have filed a final report for apparent lack of any leads on the accused.

At least seven persons were killed and nine were injured in the incident that occurred at a tea stall on the Dashashwamedha Ghat on February 23, 2005, at 4 pm. Initially, the incident was taken to be a LPG cylinder blast case. However, forensic examination later revealed use of high-grade explosives, following which the investigation was taken up by the Varanasi police. The case was never transferred to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). The state government furnished the information before a bench of Justices Amar Saran and Dinesh Gupta, which is hearing a petition seeking expeditious investigation of terror cases in Varanasi.

The court took it on record and the matter has been posted for further hearing in January 2013, after the winter vacation. The affidavit, filed by Sub-Inspector Shesh Mani Mishra, posted at Lanka police station in Varanasi, said the final report was submitted by the investigating officer on May 3, 2008 as name of no accused could be found during the investigation.

The final report, written in Hindi, a photocopy of which has been submitted along with the affidavit, said that forensic examination revealed that high-grade explosives were used in the incident. It also accepted that it was the handiwork of terrorists. However, since the incident is an old one, and no important facts have emerged so far, a final report is being filed, it said.

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