Sunday, 11 September 2011

India 's Black Wednesday- Delhi Terror

Today  America   remembers   and  mourns  for  the  tragedy which took  place  10  years   ago while  India   is  reeling  from  shock and  grief in   the  aftermath  of  another  terror attack  in    the  nation 's  capital.

A high intensity blast outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday (Sept 7th) morning claimed 13 lives and left 76 injured. This is the second terror attack near the High Court in four months. The earlier attack in May was a low intensity one with no casualties. Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), an Islamist fundamental outfit operating mostly from neighbouring Bangladesh, has sent out e-mails to several news organisation claiming responsibility for the attack.

The bomb was placed in a suitcase near gate number five of the high court where more than 200 people had gathered to collect passes to enter the premises. Wednesday is a busy day at the court since Public Interest Litigations are filed on the day. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals — Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital.

The blast caused a four feet deep crater at the spot, indicating it was a powerful bomb. The police said there were traces of ammonium nitrate and pentaerythritol tetranitrate and it appeared to be a sophisticated bomb

Security personnel secure the site of the blast outside the Delhi High Court in New Delhi on Wednesday . Subhav Shukla/PTI

There was no CCTV camera at the sensitive location. The Delhi Police has released sketches of two suspects based on descriptions provided by eyewitnesses. The metal detectors at the gates were also not functioning.

The e-mail sent by HuJI, says the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru, the 2001 Parliament attack convict, be revoked. It threatened to target major high courts and the Supreme Court of India if it was not done. The veracity of the mail is yet to be ascertained. The case has been handed over to National Investigating Agency (NIA), which will supervise the probe with a special 20-member team, according to government sources.

“We take the mail very seriously,” said NIA chief SC Sinha.

Speaking in Parliament, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the government will not be intimidated by terrorist groups and it is “determined to track down the perpetrators of this horrific crime and bring them to justice”.

He regretted that the blast happened despite sharing of intelligence among several agencies. “Intelligence agencies constantly share intelligence inputs with Delhi Police. Intelligence pertaining to threats emanating from certain groups was shared with Delhi Police in July, 2011,” he said.

Reacting from Bangladesh where he is on a tour, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the as “a cowardly act of a terrorist nature”. He added, “We will deal with it… we will never succumb to the pressure of terrorism.”

“This is a long war in which all political parties, all the people of India have to stand united so that the scourge of terrorism is crushed,” he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP and the Left parties have asked the government to explain whether there was any intelligence failure.

When  I  was  a  child the   words  terrorism and  terrorist were mere  shadows and  not  to   be  confronted  with. Now  they  have  become  words  ans  images  of   almost  daily  usage

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Nadwrażliwiec said...

I'm so sorry... So big tragedy for India :(

Saija said...

we do indeed live in a violent world ... what Glory when the Prince of Peace ushers in a new way for His redeemed church!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Amrita ~ I am so sorry you are having such violent times there. I'm afraid things are only going to get worse all around the world, until Jesus calls us to be with Him. All we can do is take each day as it comes, trusting in Him. Violence will one day be a thing of the past, and love and peace and joy will be forever.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady