May 22, 2007

India: Bomb Blasts in Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh

Bomb blasts wounds 5 people in Indian town
22 May 2007 16:03:57 GMT
Source: Reuters
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LUCKNOW, India, May 22 (Reuters) - Three bombs exploded in a communally sensitive northern Indian city on Tuesday, wounding five people, police said, days after a bomb killed 11 people at a mosque in southern India.

Tuesday's attacks in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh occurred in a busy market area.

"Apparently, these were low-intensity bombs because the damage caused is marginal and injuries to the people minor," Uttar Pradesh Principal Home Secretary K. Chandramauli told Reuters.

"Investigations are on and I don't rule out the possibility that this is the work of mischief-mongers who intended to incite communal violence."

Initial investigations showed that the three bombs were placed in lunch boxes on bicycles, Chandramauli said.

The attacks came after a bomb blast in a historic mosque in the southern city of Hyderabad killed 11 worshippers on Friday, triggering clashes between angry Muslim crowds and police.

Five people were shot dead by police in the clashes.

Indian intelligence agencies and security analysts say Islamist militant groups, backed by Pakistani spy agency ISI, increasingly target Muslim and Hindu religious places to try to spark communal clashes.

In January, at least two people died in Gorakhpur after a drunken scuffle between two wedding guests snowballed into riots between majority Hindus and minority Muslim

May 22, 2007 15 20 GMT

Three bomb blasts rocked the town of Gorakhpur in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on May 22, injuring at least six people. Initial reports said the first explosion occurred at a gas station in Baldev Plaza, the second near Golghar crossing and York hotel and the third in the Jalkal Building -- all within a 500-yard radius in Golghar in central Gorakhpur. The bombs, reportedly crude in nature, were hidden in tiffin boxes (tin boxes commonly used in South Asia to carry food -- like a stacked tin lunchbox) and were planted on a scooter and a bicycle. According to local sources, all the bombs were placed near transformers or petrol pumps in order to produce a larger conflagration and cause more casualties. The first bomb reportedly went off at around 6:40 p.m. local time, followed by the other two about five minutes apart. Gorakhpur is in northeastern Uttar Pradesh near India's border with Nepal.

A day earlier, Indian police performing a routine security check defused a bomb found on a train in the city of Kolkata minutes before the train was scheduled to depart the Howrah Station for Tarakeshwar, a Hindu holy town. As a result, authorities have heightened security in Kolkata, deploying extra forces to check rail cars and passengers.

These incidents come in the wake of the May 18 Mecca Mosque bombing in Hyderabad, which was likely carried out by Kashmiri Islamist militants in an attempt to trigger communal violence between Hindus and Muslims. These follow-on attacks could very well be part of the same campaign to undermine security in these communally sensitive hot spots. Gorakphur is well-known for being a center for Hindu pilgrimages and a stronghold of Hindu nationalist politics, making the city an attractive target for stirring up Hindu-Muslim tensions. On the eve of the Shiite holy day of Muharram on Jan. 29-30, for example, firing between Hindu and Muslim groups broke out and a two-day curfew was imposed to quell the violence. A red alert has been sounded in the cities of Lucknow and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and in Delhi.

Blasts rock Gorakhpur, high alert sounded

Posted at Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:05 IST
Gorakhpur, May 22: Three bomb blasts rocked this temple town here, injuring ten people, Sahara Samay sources said.

The blasts have been reported near Jalkal building, Baldev Plaza and Golghar area of the city.

The first bomb went off at around 6.40pm and was followed by other two in gap of five minutes.

Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary K. Chandramouli said that the "light" bombs appeared to have been used. He said there was no specific information of the possibility of blast in that area.

According to the channel sources, the crude bombs were kept in tiffin boxes.

Prima facie, the hand of any terrorist outfit could not be ruled out.

A high alert has been sounded in the state including, Lucknow and Varanasi after the blasts.

Such blasts have been reported first time in the history of the city.

Senior officials have rushed to the site.

It had been reported in the recent times that the Northern India including the cities like Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi were on the target of the terrorists.

1 comment:

captainjohann said...

Stratfor comments on gorakhpur blasts has the same point. It is Kashmiri seperatists who are triggerring these blasts.Why it is so bent upon in saving ISI? Why it is covering up for HUJI a product of ISI?