police defused a bomb Sunday morning at
Hatkeshwar in Maninagar, Chief Minister
Narendra Modi's constituency that suffered
six explosions Saturday. A bomb was also
defused Saturday night on Sarangpur road.
Both bombs were left at vegetable markets
- to inflict maximum casualties. The bomb
at Maninagar was placed on a cycle, police
sources said. The name of "Raju Ramprakash
Gupta biscuitwala" was engraved on
was the second day straight of serial bombings
in India after eight bombs went off in quick
succession Friday afternoon in Bangalore,
India's IT hub, leaving a woman dead and
half a dozen people injured.
comparison, the Ahmedabad bombs were more
lethal and in a space of just 36 minutes
exploded in 16 different locations, including
a hospital, killing at least 39 men, women
and children and injuring around 100 people.
Most of the injured were in two hospitals
of Ahmedabad - the Vadilal Sarabhai Hospital
and the Civil Hospital, the city's biggest
that also witnessed twin bombings. Doctors
said 15-20 people were in critical condition.
Minister Modi urged the people to maintain
calm. In New Delhi, Home Minister Shivraj
Patil said: "This is the time when
we should not allow anybody to make use
of these blasts to create more terror and
more difficulties for the people."
sources said 30 suspects had been detained
Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Abhay
Chaudsma said several units had been set
up to probe the bombings. He said prima
facie it appeared that ammonium nitrate
had been used to make the bombs in Ahmedabad.
Asked if the highly lethal RDX could have
also been used, he said the police would
await a report from forensic experts. "But
gas cylinders were used (in the hospital),
that is for sure."
Sunday, as Ahmedabad tried to come to grip
with the carnage, the smell of death hung
over the Civil Hospital where a powerful
bomb went off near a parked ambulance van
and then near the door of the trauma centre.
It was the first time terrorists have targeted
a hospital in India.
impact of the first explosion was so powerful
that scooters and cars parked 250 metres
away were badly damaged.
doctor at the Civil hospital, S.P. Christian,
said that Saturday was terribly frightening.
"We were removing a body after the
first blast when another occurred. Terror-stricken,
we dropped the body and everyone ran blindly.
What are these evil men trying to achieve?"
Patel, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist
who had come to the hospital, saw the door
of trauma centre getting blown. "The
blast could have been triggered by a suicide
bomber," he felt. Authorities have
not said if this is true.
state government has announced an ex gratia
of Rs.500,000 for families of the dead and
Rs.50,000 to the injured. The central government
has chipped in with Rs.100,000 for the dead
plus Rs.50,000 to the injured.
shadowy terrorists struck with military
precision. Chief Minister Modi's constituency
came in for special attention, suffering
a maximum of six blasts.
is on high alert. Security forces have stepped
up patrolling in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and
Rajkot. The Ahmedabad railway station has
been sealed off and train services have
been cancelled. Elsewhere in the state,
the Somnath temple in Junagadh has been
cordoned off. Prominent temples in Ahmedabad
have been provided extra security.
first of the blasts Saturday took place
in Maninagar, where deafening multiple explosions
took place and were heard miles away. Bombs
exploded at the Hatkeshwar vegetable market,
Thakkarbapanagar, at the Sardar Patel diamond
market in Bapunagar, Sarangpur bridge in
the old city, Isanpur, at Narol circle on
the outskirts, and near Sangam theatre in
Sarkhej area. The Sangam cinema explosion
took place in a moving bus but luckily its
CNG tank did not explode.
the other blasts, one was in Muslim-dominated
Juhapura area and another in Khadia area.
One explosion took place near Galaxy cinema
at Naroda. Like in Bangalore the previous
day, the bombings quickly jammed the mobile