terror in delhi 10/29
Some leads: Hint of Hizb hallmark
The Telegraph writes:
After 48 hours of investigation by Delhi police and intelligence agencies, the needle of suspicion in the Delhi blasts is now pointing towards the Hizb-ul Mujahideen, based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba, a more active terrorist organisation, is, however, not above suspicion yet.
Investigations by the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory and the National Security Guards have found that the bombs had less than two kilograms of RDX and mechanical clock timers were used to explode them.
The Lashkar generally targets important places, VIPs or the security forces to make a greater impact. It was behind the attacks on the Red Fort, Parliament and the Akshardham temple in Gujarat.
Also, the group leaves proof of its involvement in the form of leaflets or posters and takes responsibility for an attack.
Another reason for suspecting the involvement of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen is that the group wants to make its presence felt after being dubbed a non-existent force following heavy losses suffered in the October 8 earthquake.
There has been speculation that the ISI was behind the blasts as it wanted to hit back after India raised the issues of human rights violations and deteriorating law-and-order situation in areas of northern Pakistan Kashmir.
Red Fort terrorirst #3 convited for death sentence
Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Arif (C) who was convicted to death is escorted by Indian policemen as he walks out of the Karkardooma court in New Delhi, 31 October 2005. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images.
Red Fort terrorirst #2 convited for life
Pakistani terrorist Nazir Ahmed Qasid (C) is escorted by Indian policemen as he walks out of the Karkardooma court in New Delhi, 31 October 2005. (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani terrorist who attacked Red Fort convicted
Pakistani man Farooq Ahmed Qasid (C) is escorted by Indian policemen as he walks into the Karkardooma court in New Delhi, 31 October 2005. Farooq Ahmed Qasid and his father Nazir Ahmed Qasid were sentenced to life in prison after they were convicted of waging war against the state as the court sentenced Pakistani man Mohammad Arif to death, one of seven people convicted for aiding a deadly Islamic militant attack on soldiers at Delhi's historic Red Fort, a court lawyer said. Mohammad Arif, who used the alias Ashfaq, was handed the death sentence for his role in the December 2000 attack that killed three people at the Mughal-era fort. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Terror break families.
An Indian woman (R) cries as she waits for the body of her relative killed in the Saturday's bomb blast outside a hospital morgue in New Delhi October 31, 2005. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi.
Jerusalem Post Editorial on the Delhi blasts
in its editorial:
But it is the man-made carnage captured in Sunday's The Hindu that Israelis can most readily identify with: "Body parts were scattered all over. Two minors were lying in a pool of blood with their faces completely disfigured, while several others lay writhing in pain screaming for help."
New Delhi on Saturday, Hadera on Wednesday, where a crowded marketplace was targeted by an Islamic Jihad bomber killing five shoppers, including a Muslim father out buying food for a post-Ramadan meal.
No innocent citizen, whether in a country of 1 billion or in a nation with a mere 6 million souls, should die at the hands of religious or ethnic extremists for being at the wrong place - a market, a bus, a cafe - at the wrong time
We understand that India is a multicultural nation, that 13 percent of its population is Muslim and that both internal harmony and stability in its relations with Pakistan are Indian interests. But "terrorism" is not the foe - it is his tactic.
The larger lesson of this tragedy is that India is under attack from Muslim extremists - like Israel - not for anything it does or did, but for being a largely non-Muslim entity in a part of the world claimed by the Islamists.
India and Israel have similar historical trajectories. Both are ancient civilizations with religious, cultural, and linguistic roots in the soil of their respective lands. Both achieved independence at roughly the same time under difficult circumstances from Great Britain. The national leadership of each sought accommodation with their Muslim neighbors only to have their overtures rejected.
Vantage point: Go Delhi!
Ace blogger Gaurav Sabnis pitches in support of Delhites.
Just today, some terrorists who attacked the historic red fort have been given harsh sentences, one of them even a death sentence. Here's hoping that the perpetrators of Saturday's heartless attacks also meet a similar fate soon.
Amen to that! I might add that the terrorist pigs are sent straight to houristan (land of the houries).
India Funding Pakistani Jihadi Groups
Atanu Dey asks some right questions:
If I give money to my neighbor to help out with his grocery purchases, I may be acting out of good neighborly feelings. But what if he is an alcoholic? By giving him money, I could as well be funding his alcohol purchase.
Giving Pakistan US$25,000,000 is the same as partly funding jihadis that terrorise India. Let’s be clear about this. India is a generous country. It sent US$5 million to help the US with the recovery post Katrina. Now it is giving $25 million to a country which is buying 80 F16s from the US. The cost of these F16s would feed, clothe, educate, and entertain hundreds of thousands of impoverished Pakistanis. Instead, Pakistan is spending scarce resources and starving its own people just so that India can be bombed if the need arose in the near future. And just to help the Pakistanis out with their avowed goal of destroying India, India is sending them a $25 million check!
Here are some more statistics. The U.S. State department has cleared the sale of 55 brand new F-16s and 26 refurbished
ones at an estimated value of $5 billion, mostly paid out by the American tax payer. In addition, it has signed a $1 billion deal for advanced Eyeris Airborne Surveillance System
from Sweden's Saab and Ericsson. Finally, Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz goes to Russia and mulls over defense imports
from that country. All this happened just days after the earthquake.
Life Goes On
S. Mitra Kalita of the Washington Poste writes in India 2.0:
The roads were uncharacteristically clear and free of traffic. Officers at checkpoints peered into our SUV with flashlights. But people also laughed, danced and played cards tonight in Delhi as Diwali festivities went on, hours after the bombings.
As I write this, it is 5 a.m. and I have just gotten back from two parties, which gives you a sense of the kind of affairs these were.
To be sure, the bombings came up in conversation with almost everyone, and several people likened the day's events to the London bombings. A few would-be revelers heeded the government's warning to stay home. But one host remarked to me that she just didn't feel right canceling something commemorating one of the most important days on the Hindu calendar. "Life must go on," she said. "It's just a matter of destiny.
Indian pride undented by bombs
BBC's John Simpson writes:
"Life has to go on. If we stay at home, cowering in our houses, the bombers will have won." The sentiments could have been those of Londoners, back in July. Instead the voice was that of a young woman in Delhi, interviewed on Sunday, the day after the three bomb attacks in the city which killed more than 60 people
In the case of the Delhi bombs, the purpose was even more obscure than usual.
But there was nothing obscure about the television pictures of the victims: it looked like London all over again.
For the survivors, and for the relatives of those who died, nothing can ever be the same; but everyone else in a busy city has to get on with his or her life.
Like the people of London, Madrid and New York, Delhi will get back to normal surprisingly fast. That is what happens in big cities.
New Delhi makeshift memorial
People gather on Monday at the site of Saturday's bomb blast in Sarojani Market, New Delhi. Manpreet Romana / AFP-Getty Images.
Dark Days of Diwali
DESMOND BOYLAN / REUTERS TERROR: Sarojini Nagar market was packed at the time of the blast
Alex Perry writes
In the grim, brief history of modern terror, there was little special about last Saturday's serial bomb attacks in New Delhi that killed at least 55, save this: there may never have been softer targets.
"I saw one child, not more than six months old, its body split by the blast," said Paharganj handicrafts store-owner Neeraj Chawla. "And there was a family of shoppers. All dead, a mother and her children, lying on the ground with their arms apart. That's why I'm covered with blood. All the shop-owners rushed to pick them up."
A senior Indian intelligence officer told TIME the coordination (police defused two further devices), planning and suspected use of RDX explosive pointed to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), a Pakistan-based group with ties to al-Qaeda that carries out regular attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir and across India. LET was behind a gun attack on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi in December 2001, and linked to a twin bomb attack on India's financial capital, Bombay, in August 2003.
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More defiance from womenfolk in the face of terror.
Indian women buy clothes at a shop in Sarojini Nagar a day after the bomb blast. Trading in markets across Delhi was mostly back to normal after slowing in the wake of weekend (AFP/Manpreet Romana)
Times of India readers speak out
'Pakistan is a big devil, India must crush it'
Is India waiting for some one else to declare Pakistan a terrorist state? The fact of the matter is that India is the country worse hit by terrorism -- sponsored by none other than Pakistan. Over 50,000 people have been killed in terrorist-related violence in India since 1994. Why then should we wait for a declaration to this effect from the US -- and that too, knowing well that for over half a century, successive US governments have supported and sheltered Pakistan to achieve their own ends.
Yet another TOI reader lashes out against Pakistan.
He says, wake up Manmohan Singh. Give it back to them the same way they have done it to us. For God sake, rise, do it now, for we must save innocent lives.
It is high time we realize that it is foolish to think that Pakistan's military establishment and fundamentalists will ever change their thinking. They are jealous of the progress we have made.
More clues emerge
The Pioneer writes
A day after the serial blasts claimed 59 lives in Delhi, a crack team of intelligence agencies and Delhi Police have uncovered crucial evidence, which point at a well coordinated conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based terrorist groups
With a "Kashmir angle" emerging, sources told The Pioneer that agencies had identified and scanned certain mobile and satellite phone numbers, which show that the conspirators from across the border and their operatives in Delhi were in constant touch before and after the blasts.Those who provided them with logistical support have also been identified.
The modus operandi of the blast was apparently lifted from the al-Qaeda's terrorist training manual. The blasts were carried out in crowded market places within 15 minutes to confuse the police and also make rescue work that much difficult.
Delhi's Ground Zero pays obesiance to its dead
people feed the need for a memorial:
Fourteen-year-old Bablu was one of the many who gathered at the spot to pay their respects to the victims of one of the capital's worst terror attacks.
He walked towards the spot with a bright marigold flower in his hand and quietly put it over withering bouquets and a diya placed the night earlier.
"No, we are not here for shopping - just to have a look at the place where such a huge tragedy took place," said Savitri Devi, 65.
"There should be a memorial here," she said, explaining what had happened to her grandson Sonu.
Ashok Randhawa, president of the Sarojini Nagar mini market traders association, said: "We want to raise a memorial here and that will be decided after discussing with civic authorities and police."
A victim of the blast at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Hindustan Times Photo.
An unidentified woman cries as she waits outside the mortuary of the Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi on Sunday, October 30, 2005. AP Photo.
A victim of the Paharganj blast at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Hindustan Times Photo.
All trails lead to Pak
This Times of India report says
The Union Cabinet on Sunday held Pakistan-based and supported groups responsible for the worst-ever terrorist attack in the Capital, which can have a fallout on the peace process with the neighbour.
Well-placed sources said that the Cabinet, after assessing the inputs from intelligence agencies, concluded that influential sections in the Pakistani establishment were behind the attack.
The top-decision making body felt that those responsible across the border were trying to send two distinct messages: to India that despite the earthquake, they retain the capability to strike at will in India; and to the world, that since they were still grappling with the enormity of their own tragedy, Saturday’s outrage was the work of indigenous groups.
The second message ties into Pakistan’s larger propaganda that terrorism in India is a homegrown affair.
The Pakistani elite comprises of the high ranks of the military establishment (which controls most of the state-owned companies through various 'Fauji' foundations), the feudal land owners (who control massive amounts of farms) and the assorted bunch of foreign-educated, English-speaking Pakjaabi's who usually serve as the mouthpiece of the first two in Western media talk shows.
We don't agree with The Times (UK) Editorial
The Times of London writes
Pakistan’s swift condemnation of the weekend bombings in Delhi as “heinous and cowardly” underlines the danger to President Musharraf of attempts by Kashmiri militants to sabotage rapprochement with India.
So a swift condemnation is what it takes to absolve anyone?
For Mr Musharraf, this is a dangerous threat. The Pakistani leader’s abandonment of the Taleban in Afghanistan, his crackdown on militants crossing the Line of Control and the arrest of scores of terrorists linked to al-Qaeda have made him a target for Islamist fanatics. If as this editorial argues, why is that there is no reduction of violence both in Jammu and Kashmir (even post-earthquake) and sustained attacks of the Taliban against Afghans and U.S. forces there? And there is no answer to the $64000 question? Where the f**k is Osama Bin Laden?
The earthquake has exposed the myth of the militants’ extremism. Their claim to popular support is false. Recent events have brought to Pakistan thousands of tons of food, medicines and supplies from America and the West and assistance from the old enemy, India.
While Gen. Musharraf talks about sensisitivites about accepting aid from India, he is letting a free run to terrorist organizations such as Jamaat-ul-Daawa and Lashkaar-e-Toiba in running relief camps, which will surely serve as recruitment centers for jihadists.
Overall, this editorial quickly absolves the Pakistani military establishment even before the blood stains have dried in the markets of Delhi. But the real truth about this jihadi pigs and its Army enablers will soon come to light.
Why is AFP using terrorist within quotes?
AFP in this photo says
Flowers and a clay oil lamp light the site where a bomb blast ripped through a crowded Sarojini Nagar market, in New Delhi. Barbaric. Heinous. Cowardly. An act of hatred. World leaders used words of outrage to condemn 'terrorist' bombings which claimed at least 61 lives in the Indian capital New Delhi.(AFP/Manpreet Romana)
Is'nt killing of innocents including women and children considered terrorism by AFP standards? AFP contact here.
More blogosphere reactions.
Durga Prasad Pandey says
enough is enough. And he proposes stricter counter terror measures.
Its an open secret that Lashkar-e-Taiba is behind the massacre. And its no secret which country has been harboring, encouraging and supporting this outfit, and many others, for years. They really need a lesson now. Enough of do-goodism. We pray for and try to help their people suffering after the earthquake, and they go right ahead and blast away our families. What peace process are we talking about sir?
We need to put more resources in our intelligence and counter-terrorism units. And in counter-espionage. We can’t just be good. We need to be the best. Our citizens need to feel safe when they go shopping for Diwali and holi with their old parents and young children. Can we prevent bodies of children being charred by bombs every few months please?
Walid Phares reports: "My monitoring of the chat rooms over the past few hours indicate that the Jihadists-Salafists are celebrating. High possibility that a Jihadi (either local Cashemire or al Qaida like) group will take responsibility in 24-48 hours...This note is sent with caution, as other leads are also followed. The Jihadi theory is the highest, but we do not rule out mafia related causes." Obscure Kashmir group claims responsibility, but "security experts see the hand of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Force of the Pure) behind the attacks..." See this post about LeT in the Maryland-Virginia region, with links to al profile and other CTB posts.
Some reactions from Indian blogosphere.
minces no words in tackling terror to where it exists.
This is the time to wipe out terrorists and confront their apologists — whoever and wherever they may be.
issues a wake-up call that we are in war.
We are at war, people. India has to wage this war wherever our enemies hide. This requires enormous investment of economic and political capital. The criminally wasted Government resources by our bureaucracy and the crippling opportunity losses from non-existent economic reforms inflicted by our political Left are resources we could have used to build better walls at the frontier, and better fire to scorch our enemies beyond it.
Those who defend such waste and oppose reform are thus impeding national security. It's time they pick up their guns and join this war or move out of the way. Nothing else matters more now -- for prosperity, for power, for social harmony -- than winning this war.
HindustanTimes Editorial says Delhites are no strangers to defiances in the face of terror.
Darkness visible : HindustanTimes.com
The citizens of Delhi do not have to be told that their fortitude is the need of the day.
Saturday’s bomb blasts that have killed more than 60 persons and injured several times that number is not their first brush with terrorist attacks, and nor, unfortunately, does it appear that it will be the last. In the Eighties, Khalistani terrorists wreaked mayhem, but did not shake the equanimity of this great metropolis. In the Nineties, Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agents carried out hundreds of blasts, big and small, in and around Delhi, but they could not even dent the resolve of the country to defend its territorial integrity and core values of secularism and democracy. No doubt the Dilliwallah’s response to the latest outrage will be one of renewed resolve to fight and defeat the forces of evil.
At this hour, there is need to guard against hysteria about ‘intelligence failure’. This charge can stick only if there was actionable intelligence of an attack and the authorities did not act on it. As of now there is no reason to believe that this was the case. Of all the people, the security agencies themselves will want to know what happened and why. The security agencies who are in the forefront of the war against terrorism have a peculiar problem: they have to succeed every time to block a terrorist’s strike; the bad guys have to get through just once.
Something like this seems to have happened on Saturday when the most recent and vicious cycle of bomb blasts caused so much death and destruction in Delhi. In the past year, despite the Ayodhya attack, the agencies have had considerable success in blocking the continuing Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba offensive against India. Earlier this year, they thwarted potentially deadly attacks against the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and an IT major in Bangalore.
There should be no doubts that the authorities will soon unravel the forces behind this latest outrage as well. What we need to do now is to reiterate the country’s resolve to fight and win the war against terrorism, with any country or countries willing to ally with us, or alone if necessary.
Delhi refuses to mope, moves on : HindustanTimes
Delhi refuses to mope, moves on : HindustanTimes.com
: "Delhi refuses to mope, moves onShinie Antony & Gyan Varma (IANS)New Delhi, October 31, 2005
The marketplace, however, is rife with stories of bravery, of heroic acts when strangers came to each other's aid as death leapt at them.
In the Paharganj area, the spirit of humanity was witnessed as residents and survivors rushed the wounded to nearby hospitals.
"A mother and her toddler died just outside our shop in the attack. They were regular customers," said Vinay Gupta, owner of OP garments, the shop where the blast occurred.
With hesitant pluck, shopkeepers have decided to keep their shops open and continue business as usual so that some amount of normalcy could be restored in the city.
"Earlier we had planned to down shutters for the day but then we decided against it," said Sunil Kakkar, the president of Paharganj Traders' Union.
"We are trying to help the police and the authorities completely in the investigations and have furnished all details about the suspects," added Jaswant Singh, ex-president of the Sarojini Nagar Traders' Union.
"I feel as if someone in my family has died," added Singh, echoing the sentiment of Delhiites everywhere.
As another busy week begins, Delhi is evidently grieving, but there is grit too in the grief, a desire to rise above callously dished out tragedies. It is a survival instinct currently on display as the city refuses to mope, but moves on.
A child with his mother in Sarojini Nagar market on Sunday. (PTI)
Terrorists leave orphans.
16-year-old Rahul at the cremation of his parents, who died in the Sarojini Nagar blast- Express photo by Renuka Puri
International Herald Tribune
IHT: Residents shaken, but not broken
"We're not doing it for the money," Jasbir Singh, the owner of a clothes shop near the explosion, said. "We want to show that we're not afraid."
Local officials had given permission for the market to reopen swiftly in an attempt to display what they described as the "unbreakable spirit of Delhi."
Although markets were quieter than normal, elsewhere in the city tourists were out enjoying the cool autumn weather and children were playing cricket in front of India Gate
Indian Express talks about the Spirit of Diwali
Spirit of Diwali
Over the years, Delhi has been the historical site of great violence. It has also been the natural target of those who wish to attack the idea of India. The three calibrated acts of mass murder that disturbed its Diwali and Id preparations on October 29 must necessarily be read as part of that continuum. Once this is understood, it becomes easier to examine these events more dispassionately and respond to them with the resolve, courage and action they demand.
The intention of the faceless perpetrators of these acts of terror were three-fold. First, to spread mass panic and fear among Delhiites. Terrorists, by making ordinary helpless and defenceless persons their victims, expose at once the brutality of their project and the cowardice that marks their moves. Second, to attack the democratic republic of India with the aim of weakening it. Third, to undermine its unity by pitting community against community at a time of heightened tension. In none of these intentions did the perpetrators of the recent outrage succeed. In that lies India’s victory. The people of Delhi, and its institutions, rose as one in the face of the assault. The man on the street rushed to rescue the injured and dying; fire brigade squads and hospital authorities worked indefatigably to mitigate suffering, the police succeeded in restoring calm quickly. Greatness is sometimes thrust on the most unlikely in apocalyptic moments. The bus driver who threw the explosive device out of the vehicle, hurting himself grievously but saving innumerable lives on the bus, or shopkeepers in the affected market areas who decided to go back to business the very next day because they did not want to give the perpetrators the satisfaction of having paralysed Delhi, these are the unsung heroes of the hour. Together they demonstrated that heinous acts of terror will not extinguish the lights and spirit of Diwali.
The inevitable question as to why the Capital was not adequately secured at a time of great vulnerability needs to be asked. Bali happened just the other day; London, just the other month. The presumption that Delhi will some how be spared such strikes is a dangerously flawed one in a country that witnessed the serial Bombay blasts of 1993. If that was an old story, how about the recent storming at Ayodhya? Or the Delhi cinema blasts some months ago? Or the recent spurt of attacks in J&K after the earthquake? How much more evidence does this country need that it is in the line of fire? The resolve of terrorists can only be defeated if we display an even greater resolve to defeat them.
Daily Pioneer Editorial: Black Saturday
Saturday's terrible terrorist strike in the nation's Capital has come as a rude reminder that killers who slaughter innocent people for their dubious cause still retain the ability to spread mayhem whenever and wherever they choose to. This may gladden the hearts of those who view terrorists and their criminal misdeeds with a certain indulgence - this would include influential individuals in the UPA Government - but it not only erodes faith in the ability of the state to protect the nation and its citizens but also comes as a severe indictment of the national security apparatus, especially intelligence agencies.
Saturday being a holiday and the eve of Dhan Teras, entire families were out shopping for Diwali, crowding Delhi's even otherwise crowded markets and providing an ideal setting for terror strikes. The police should have known better and been more pro-active; the intelligence agencies should have had their ears to the ground and provided the police with real time information; and, the Union Home Ministry, which is responsible for law and order in Delhi, should have been doing a far better job than it has shown itself capable of till now.
The Home Minister's shockingly callous response - "this seems to be a terrorist attack, we will look into it" - betrays the fatal weakness that plagues the UPA Government: It is unable to comprehend the true dimensions of terrorism. Worse, it has willed itself into believing that Pakistan is no longer the staging ground and patron of terrorists. The lachrymose statements that followed Saturday's attack on Delhi are nothing more than crocodile tears shed by those who are primarily responsible for conveying, through their inaction, to terrorist groups that India is today a far softer target than ever before.It is a shame that even as the UPA Government publicises its decision to open up the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, Indians are killed with impunity from Rajouri to Delhi.
The Prime Minister owes the nation an explanation for the obvious lapses of his Government but for which many a family would not be grieving this Diwali. Mere words of sympathy cannot be a substitute for accepting responsibility and owning up to utter failure. By calling for 'restraint' and asking people not to 'get carried away', the Prime Minister and his men mock at the memory of those who perished on Saturday or have been maimed for the rest of their lives. The scale of the devastation and the precisely timed sequenced bombings make it abundantly clear that the terrorists planned their attack in great detail over a period of time. That the plot was not exposed is a telling comment on the functioning of the Intelligence Bureau which is directly controlled by the Prime Minister's National Security Adviser from the PMO.
With the Intelligence Bureau increasingly subverted for political purposes and its resources diverted to achieve goals that have nothing to do with national security, it does not come as a surprise that Delhi should have been attacked in so merciless a manner and with such great ease. Meanwhile, the people should stand up and be counted. Allowing the terror strike to dampen the Diwali spirit would mean signalling victory for those who have nothing but contempt for human lives and yet claim to be 'holy warriors'. This battle against terror must be won, we cannot afford to lose it. That would mean goading the state into action; the time for that has arrived.
Times of India Editorial Speaks Out
TIMES EDITORIAL: Enough is enough
We can either dismiss what happened in Delhi on Saturday as just another in a long line of terror attacks on Indian soil, and pray that there’s at least a decent interval before we are hit again. Or, we can send out a hard-hitting, unambiguous message: that we are not willing to accept such outrages as part of our fate, and are determined to do whatever it takes to protect our citizens. This is no occasion to be genteel and ‘civilised’ in our response. It’s time we got angry. Not a blind anger that lashes out at everything in its path—for that would play into the hands of the very people who perpetrate such acts of terror, and be self-defeating. But an anger that builds resolve, that ensures we do not forget the mothers, fathers and children who went shopping for Diwali and Id and whose pictures poured into newspaper offices a few hours later, except that they were disfigured and charred beyond recognition.
This is an act of war, doesn’t matter that it’s not been officially declared as one.
It calls for a scale and intensity of response comparable to London’s, where the number of deaths was actually fewer than Delhi’s and far, far fewer than Mumbai’s in 1993. This paper has consistently waged a war for peace, and we remain committed to that path. But it’s equally clear that peace cannot be a one-way road. There are indications that the perpetrators of the serial blasts may have been schooled in jihadi hatred on Pakistani soil. The burden of evidence points to the Lashkar-e-Toiba
; one of its offshoots has already claimed responsibility for the crime. LeT had tried to mar August 15 and were waiting for the next big celebration to hit India. The group has sleeper cells across the country and doesn’t necessarily depend on Kashmir to ferry in terrorists. It can call in operatives based in Nepal and Bangladesh. That it continues to enjoy Islamabad’s patronage is no secret.
It may be premature to walk away from the negotiating table, at least not until such time as there is clinching evidence of Islamabad’s complicity. But New Delhi must tenaciously work at building a case that proves that Pakistani soil remains the springboard of terror attacks and go international with it. On the domestic front, there is a crying need to strengthen our soft infrastructure: just as we need world-class roads and ports, we also need world-class law and order, intelligence and anti-terror agencies. Finally—and much as we may dislike the idea—we need to accept that in times such as these, even a democratic, civil society must accept that there can be limits to freedom. The US has made itself extremely unpopular with its new homeland security laws, but if that’s what it takes to save innocent lives, it’s a sacrifice worth making.
Police zooms in on Lashkar
Delhi police said on Sunday that a single outfit could have been behind the serial bomb blasts and the Inquilab group, which has claimed responsibility for the explosions was connected to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The police also scaled down the number of casualties, saying 59 people had been killed and 210 injured. Earlier, they had said 61 people were dead and 188 injured in Saturday's blasts.
Heroism against terror
Two save many from another blast
NEW DELHI: Casualties were averted in a bus in the Govindpuri area of south Delhi due to the alertness of passengers and the driver and the conductor who threw out the bag containing the explosives before it exploded.
The bus was travelling on the Outer Mudrika route when an unidentified man entered the bus from the Kalkaji Mandir stop.
Later a passenger saw an unclaimed bag under a seat and alerted the driver Kuldeep and the conductor Budh Prakash. The conductor had already noticed the person hurriedly getting off the bus. The driver stopped the bus, and on checking explosives were found inside it.
The driver and the conductor carried the bag outside the bus and threw it away which exploded immediately on landing.
The driver and the conductor received minor injuries and are being treated at AIIMS.
BBC readers speak out.
Whoever did this stands no chance of winning anything from this action. Who on earth do they think they are to do this? Who on earth do they think we are that we'll be influenced by this. I'm a Londoner living in Delhi; I've seen it before and the reaction is the same; we are NOT afraid.
Geoff Cordell, New Delhi India
I have just spent a week staying in the Pahargangj, in a hotel located just seconds away from the blast. As well as being a busy Indian market area, it is equally popular with travellers and backpackers (many from the UK). Seeing the footage on BBC World and other news channels here in India, brings back echoes of the July bombings in London. It is particularly tragic that this has happened just days before Diwali - the main bazaar was alive with people shopping, coloured lights and Diwali lanterns.
Steven Bake, London, UK
Such cowardly acts can only be committed by terrorists. These brainwashed people cannot even realise that they are killing innocent civilians including children! Indians should not be cowered by such inhuman acts. Diwali should be celebrated as usual and my sincere condolences to the families of dead and injured.
Vikram Vuppala, Chicago, USA
BBC readers speak out.
Terror inflict unmeasurable pain.
An injured victim of the bomb blast receives treatment at a hospital in New Delhi October 29, 2005. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Terror create orphans.
Relatives of bomb blast victims comfort each other as they wait outside the mortuary of the Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi, India (AP Photo/Sebastian John)
Parul, sister of Neha, who was killed in Saturday's bomb blast, cries at her residence in New Delhi October 30, 2005. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Sunita Devi, mother of Neha, who was killed in one of Saturday's bomb blast, cries after seeing her daughter's body in New Delhi October 30, 2005. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
Relatives of Kanchan Choudhary, who died in a bomb blast, mourn as they wait to receive her body at the Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP/Sebastian John)
Indian women grieve the death of a relative who was killed when a blast ripped through the Paharganj area of New Delhi. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Terrorists wreck havoc
Indian workers clear debris at the site of a bomb blast in New Delhi. (AFP/Manpreet Romana)
Diwali shops gutted
Fire work to put out a fire after an explosion at the Sarojini Market area in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005 (AP Photo/Sebastian John)
Terror kills children
Poonam, 8, injured in a bomb explosion is carried by a neighbor after receiving treatment at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Sebastian John)
Color of Terror
Bloodstains are seen at the site of an explosion in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Serial blasts rock Delhi, at least 61 dead
A series of explosions rocked Delhi on Saturday evening, killing at least 61 people and leaving scores injured, some of them critically.
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Standing upto terror
In the wake of the horrible terror attacks in New Delhi on 29th October, this blog is dedicated in bringing light the news and insights to the blogosphere ... This nerd welcomes any volunteer (especially from the New Delhi) to pitchin with a local perspective. May those who lost their lives rest in peace.