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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Pink city blasts cast shadow on India-Pak dialogue

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 14 May, (Asiantribune.com): The Pink City blasts that have claimed nearly 70 lives – the death toll may go up as many injured are battling for their life- has cast a shadow on the India-Pakistan dialogue the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is set to resume in Islamabad at the head of a high level Indian delegation. Only last week end Pak based militants made an infiltration bid in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir and carried out a deadly attack that had claimed the life of a Photo Journalist as well. The Border Security Force (BSF) has lodged a stiff protest to its Pak counterpart. And the defence minister A. K Antony warned the country to gear up for more similar infiltration bids from across the border. "Don't expect any let up. There will be stepped up infiltration attempts in the run up to the crucial elections to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly", Antony said while touring forward areas on the International Border with Pakistan.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said the Tuesday blasts were a well designed conspiracy by the terrorists outfit to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
"Never in the history of the state such a heinous incident had happened and this is not an attack on the state but on the nation", she told a news conference in Jaipur.
She asked all the political parties to come together and face the crisis.

The eight blasts that rocked the Pink City really turned the city red on May 13 evening as the sun was setting in the nearby sand dunes. Initial suspicion zeroed on ISI sponsored Bangladesh based Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami which has done the similar hatchet job for the ISI in the past in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Varanasi amongst other places.

High explosive RDX was used in the terror strike, according to senior police officers of Rajasthan government in Jaipur and the Federal Government in Delhi. The explosive devices were fitted with timers and planted on cycles. Last November too HUJI used the same technique to engineer blasts in the premises of a court in Uttar Pradesh

RDX was used in containers tagged to cycles along with timer devices," Additional Director General of Police (Crime) A K Jain said even as hundreds of forensic officials were shuffling through the remains of the blasts in Tripolia Bazar, Johari Bazar, Manas Chowk, Badi Choupal and Choti Choupal— all located within a two-km radius and very close to Jaipur's land mark, Hawa Mahal which is frequented by domestic and foreign tourists.

An examination of the blast sites indicated that the bombs were filled with ball bearings and small iron pieces to act as splinters.

Federal Secretary for the Interior Madhukar Gupta said, "Our priority now apart from vigilance and being on the alert will be to get hold of the people responsible" for the blasts triggered in areas close to two Hanuman temples.

Raje spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Federal Minister for the Interior, Shivraj Patil, who assured her of all possible help from the Centre.

She announced a state mourning Wednesday May 14 to mourn the death of 'so many innocent' people. And ordered the closure of all government offices, schools and colleges for the day as a mark of respect for all those killed in the serial blasts.

The Jaipur city police also clamped curfew on areas in the vicinity of blast sites primarily as a precautionary measure and to facilitate collection of tell tale marks from the blast sites.

-Asian Tribune -

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