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  • Sukla Sen
    [The series of seven, or eight(?), pretty powerful bomb blasts that hit Mumbai hard with cruel precision is by all accounts an act of unmitigated fiendish
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2006
      [The series of seven, or eight(?), pretty powerful
      bomb blasts that hit Mumbai hard with cruel precision
      is by all accounts an act of unmitigated fiendish
      It is clear as daylight that it is no desperate
      response of disgruntled individual(s).
      That the first class general compartments of the
      Western Rail at peak evening hours were made the
      primary targets tells its own tale. (Mumbai has three
      major arterial rail services: Western, Central and
      Harbour. The Western one serves the most affluent
      demographic profile.)

      The perpetrators of such heinous crimes, and their
      masterminds, have to be identified and swiftly brought
      to book.
      But any act of mindless reprisal against another set
      of uninvolved individuals, for the sole crime of
      belonging to a religious community to which the
      suspected criminals may belong, would just not be as
      obnoxious but also pretty foolhardy as well.
      It'd only make the task of the real criminals to cover
      their tracks far easier. Not only that, it'd also tend
      to swell the ranks of potential criminals by
      engendering intense helpless rage seeking outlets in
      matching brutality.

      It does not behove the BJP to charge that the 'soft'
      policy of the UPA government is responsible for a
      spurt in 'terrorism'.
      One must not forget that it is under their regime the
      Kargil war took place as they miserably failed to
      detect in time sizeable intrusion from across the LoC
      in Kashmir. It is under their regime, the Red Fort and
      the Indian Parliament House, and also the Kashmir
      Assembly came under armed assault. It is under their
      regime, the Akshaydham Temple in Gandhinagar - at the
      heart of "Killer" Modi land, became the site of a
      prolonged bloody gun battle.

      Only a sensible inclusive policy promoting a sense of
      belonging in all sections of Indian citizenry will
      lead to the isolation of the perpetrators of such
      bloody heinous crimes.
      The cynical attempt of the BJP leadership to fish in
      troubled water by deliberately muddying it is just not
      condemnable but downright dangerous as well.]

      Death toll in India train bombings now 131

      By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer 4
      minutes ago

      Seven bombs hit Bombay's commuter rail network during
      rush hour Tuesday evening, killing at least 131 people
      and wounding more than 300 in what authorities called
      a well-coordinated attack. India's major cities were
      put on high alert after the blasts, and Prime Minister
      Manmohan Singh called an emergency Cabinet meeting.

      Chaos engulfed the crowded rail network in India's
      financial capital following the blasts that ripped
      apart train compartments as authorities struggled to
      treat the wounded amid heavy monsoon downpours. Doors
      and windows were blown off the train cars, and luggage
      and debris were strewn across the tracks.

      An Indian news agency report put the death toll at

      "We are busy in the rescue operation. Our first
      priority is to rescue the injured people," he said.

      There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the
      bombings, which came in quick succession — a common
      tactic employed by Kashmiri militants that have
      repeatedly targeted India's cities.

      A senior Bombay police official, P.S. Pasricha, said
      the explosions were part of a well-coordinated attack.
      Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra
      state, where Bombay is located, said bombs had caused
      all seven blasts.

      Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters that
      authorities had had some information that an attack
      was coming, "but place and time was not known."

      The first explosion hit the train at a railway station
      in the northwestern suburb of Khar, said a police
      officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity
      because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

      India's CNN-IBN television news, which had a reporter
      aboard one train, said a blast struck a first-class
      compartment as the train was moving, ripping through
      the compartment and killing more than a dozen people.

      Some of the injured frantically dialed their cell

      Another CNN-IBN reporter said he had seen more than 20
      bodies at one Bombay hospital.

      The Press Trust of India, citing railway officials,
      said all the blasts had hit first-class cars.

      Pranay Prabhakar, the spokesman for the Western
      Railway, said all train service had been suspended and
      appealed to the public to stay away from stations in
      the city.

      The bombings in Bombay came hours after a series of
      grenade attacks by Islamic extremists killed eight
      people in the main city of India's part of Kashmir.

      Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan in war
      after they gained independence from Britain in 1947,
      and they fought another full-scale conflict over the
      region in 1965.

      But even as the two nuclear rivals have talked peace
      in the past two years, New Delhi has continued to
      accuse Pakistan of training, arming and funding the
      militants. Islamabad insists it only offers the rebels
      diplomatic and moral support.

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