Serial bomb blasts in
Jaipur – 60 killed and 200 injured.
Jaipur, 13th May, 2008:
After lull in militant activities, there is a sudden
spurt of their activity in the country. Even as the BSF
and armed forces are successfully dealing with the
border incursions in the Jammu Sector; the militants
struck in Jaipur setting off bombs in six densely
populated places in the capital of Rajasthan state.
eight serial blasts which claimed at least 50 lives went
off within in 15 minutes of each other, in crowded
market centers in the old city where thousands of people
gather in the evenings. About 200 were injured in the
blasts and were moved to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
blasts occurred at 7.35 pm this evening at Manik Chowk,
Tripolia Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Lakshmi Misthan Bandar,
Badi Chowpat and Choti Chowpat, there was chaos all
around as people ran helter skelter in panic. One live
bomb was recovered from Chandpole area.. Local phone
networks were jammed around blast sites
Central Paramilitary Forces stationed across Rajasthan
were put on alert and RAF deployment increased is
increased.. Delhi, Mumbai and other metros were put on
high alert immediately. Harayana and UP and other
neighboring states were put on alert. The details are
very sketchy except that the first blast took place in a
car and another in a shop. Cycles and alarm clocks were
also used in the blasts. Mr. A.S. Gill the DGP of
Rajasthan said that it was obviously a terror attack of
sleeper cells in Jaipur
President Smt. Pratiba Patil and Vice-President Ansari,
the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Home
Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil condemned the attack.
Minister of State for Home Mr. Jaiswal said that it was
a well planned and orchestrated terror attack. According
to Mr. Jaiswal a team from the Home Ministry left for
Rajasthan to assess the situation.. He also called for a
review of the security in the states.
Sonia Gandhi the Chairperson of UPA and the President of
the Congress Party condemning the attack said that it
was a crime perpetuated on humanity.
Advani the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha
condemned the attack.
The Chief Minister Mrs.
Vijaya Raje Scindia condemning the attack said that it
was an attack on the Nation and expects the Central
Government and the people would rise as one to tackle
this ghastly attack.
Rajnath Singh the President of the BJP condemned the
attack and expressed his grief..
deplorable says Sachin Pilot a Congress MP from
Rajasthan. He appealed for calm and asked people not to
panic. Ashok Gehlot ex- Congress Chief Minister of
Rajasthan also condemned the attack.
The terrorist attack
created ripples even in USA with the authorities there
condemning the attack and emphasizing that terror should
be contained in the sub-continent at any cost.
Meanwhile Mr. Lalit Modi of the IPL said that there was
no threat to the IPL Twenty20 cricket matches yet to be
played in Jaipur.