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SERIAL BLASTS RIP DELHI; 24 DEAD, OVER 125 INJURED

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi, Sept 14: A series of explosions rocked Delhi one after the other on Saturday evening. The five bomb blasts, in various parts of Delhi, have claimed 24 lives so far and injured over 125. Four bombs were also defused by the bomb disposal squad in Central Park of Connaught Place, India Gate, Regal Cinema and Parliament Street. Indian Mujahideen, which also masterminded the Ahmedabad blasts, has claimed responsibility for the blasts through an e-mail sent to Zee News.

The first explosion was reported in Karol Bagh’s famous Gaffar’s MCD market. The second blast was reported in Central Park of CP near Palika Bazaar. This was followed by one on Barakhamba Road and then twin blasts in GK-I’s M-Block market.

The first blast took place at 6:10 pm. All other blasts went off within the next 45 minutes.

Of the 4 bombs defused, one was defused in the Central Park, one in Regal Cinema and one each at India Gate and Parliament Street- all the above using a sensor machine.

Two people have been detained. Some children are believed to have spotted the miscreants placing the bombs. One child named Rahul claimed to have seen two men dressed in black placing black parcels in a dustbin. Soon after, the blasts went off. He said the persons were unfamiliar and that he had seen them for the first time.

Ammonium Nitrate tied to integrated circuits is believed to have been used in the explosions.

The blast in Karol Bagh took place in a CNG auto-rickshaw and was followed by a blast in the cylinder kept on a scooter right behind it.

According to eyewitness accounts, the impact of the blast was such that the auto rickshaw was tossed up in the air at least 12 feet.

Nearly 30 people have been injured in Karol Bagh; of these at least 8 seriously.

Ambulances rushed to the spot as soon as the incident was reported. The injured were rushed to nearby nursing homes and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The MCD market is located in a very congested area of Karol Bagh and has several mobile phone shops. Jt Commissoner (Special Cell) Karnail Singh confirmed that no RDX was used in Karol Bagh blasts.

The blast in CP took place at Gopaldas Bhawan’s parking lot. The bomb here is believed to have been kept in a dustbin.

20 people reported injured here were rushed to the hospital.

The blast on Barkhamba Road went off near the Metro Station.

Twin blasts were then reported in GK-I’s posh M-Block market, which immediately shut down. The two bombs went off within 5 minutes of each other. One is believed to have been placed in a dustbin and the other in a scooter.

Bomb Disposal Squads along with the National Security Guards (NSG) and forensic teams rushed to all the affected sites which had been cordoned off and traffic diverted. Two teams of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) were sent to Mulund and Chembur for further investigations after the e-mail was traced to Chembur, Mumbai.

Delhi government has announced Rs Five lakh as compensation for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the serial bomb blasts.

The explosions in Delhi came close on the heels of similar attacks in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

There had been some intelligence inputs that a major city might be targeted during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh as well as all Metros have been put on maximum alert.

THE NEXT VICTIM COULD BE YOU(?)


There have been 5 blasts in all! A daring attempt like this can not be a work of few people.. It involves a series of interdependent men. First ISI,then Millitant Groups and now we have these so called Indian Mujahideen (I wonder why they call themselves Indians?)
Intelligence.. It seems they are the last people to know about anything! They didnt know abt Diwali Blasts,Neither about intrusion on LOC nor about China’s stand in Arunachal Pradesh!! The things our Intelliegence agencies miss can be even guessed on the basis of series of event.. (Even our Cyber Crime Units have officers who are not familiar with basic operations of Internet!) I am sure that some Minister in this Government will come out with the facts that there had been far more bomb blasts in the regime of another Political Party.I do not have any liking for any particular political party but I support their manifestos if they are rational.Did anyone notice that there had been no major terrorists arrests in the regime of present Govt?
Its high time that we, citizens take more responsibilty and ensure safety of our surroundings.
Let me highlight a few points that the average citizen can do
1) Corruption: Do not give or take bribes in any case- this is one of the root causes.
example: A lot of anti-social elements give bribes and get ration cards, passports, birth certificates etc. Thus they get a valid identity.
2) Form an organisation that has intellectuals who are ready to fight for a cause legally.
example: A lot of criminals involved in arms and drug trade get scott free because of lack of evidence. This lack of evidence is becuase of intimidation and buying out of potential witneses. The aim of the organisation should be to put pressure on the government, cops and if need be hire competent lawyers or pay the state appointed lawyer inorder to get the accused prosecuted and also see to it that evidence and witnesses are not tampered with.
3) The average indian is by nature a quite person who prefers to live and let live. My suggestion is to be more assertive and take action instead of putting your head down like the ostrich and hope that the problem goes away.
4) Make pamplets against corruption, terrorism, etc and spread them around. This does not mean you have to stand on the roadside and distribute them. But if this could be done it would be fantastic. A simpler way is to make say hundred copies of anti-corruption messageand pamplets. Distribute or just put ten in each train/bus you take. In the pamplet request that the person reading if possible make ten copies and spread them around.
5) Have street plays to educate the public about corruption and how it leads to terrorism, and other social evils.
6) If you are well educated, take some time out and volunteer to teach children in orphanages, municipality schools etc.
7) Do not constantly criticize the system, see how you can improve it.
8.) Shopkeepers and outlet owner, Devote a surveillance camera to the road. Record the happening and cooperate with police.We cant work by opposing the system.
9.) Above all , Find out ways in which you can be helpful. No one knows you better than you.
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Give suggestions and feedback.. This list is still missing few points..
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Bomb blasts rock New Delhi, 14 killed
Posted: 13 Sep 2008 12:51 PM CDT

At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday as a series of synchronised bomb blasts rocked some of the busiest market areas of the Indian capital, police said.
“We can now confirm five blasts,” said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.
The Press Trust of India said a Muslim militant outfit, Indian Mujahideen, had claimed responsibility for the bombings in an e-mail. The group has claimed previous bomb attacks in other Indian cities.
“We can confirm 14 people killed, 40 injured,” Bhagat told AFP.
Television reports put the death toll as high as 18, with more than 70 taken to hospital for treatment.
The five blasts included two at Connaught Place — the city’s largest financial, commercial and business centre, and two more at the upmarket shopping district of Greater Kailash.
India’s television network NDTV quoted the email as saying, “In the name of Allah, the Indian Mujahideen has struck back again.”
Delhi Mayor Aarti Mehra appealed for calm as the blasts spread panic through the city.
“We have the strength to face this,” Mehra told reporters.
“Please stay calm. People in markets right now should go home. Do not be afraid.” he said. “The police and government agencies are on your side. Delhi’s strength is in its people. We cannot be frightened.”
The first blast went off around 6:30 pm (1300 GMT) on a busy Saturday evening, and the others followed in swift succession.
Police at one of the bomb sites in Greater Kailash searched for survivors among a mess of mangled motorcycles and shattered glass from vehicles caught in the blast.
“I was stepping out for a cup of tea when everything turned black in front of me,” said Gulab Singh, an underground train guard. “Then everyone started running.”
Joint Delhi Police Commissioner Ajay Kashyap said an unexploded bomb had been found in Connaught Place.
An explosive expert with one of the bomb disposal units said the explosive devices appeared to have been packed with steel ball bearings and nuts and bolts “to cause maximum harm.”
Triple blasts in New Delhi in October 2005, blamed on Pakistan-backed Islamic rebel groups, claimed nearly 70 lives, while a 2001 attack on India’s national parliament complex also blamed on Muslim militants killed 14 people.
Indian Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings in July that killed at least 45 people in the western commercial city of Ahmedabad.
The Ahmedabad blasts came a day after a series of bombings in the southern high-tech city of Bangalore that killed one person and injured eight.

SC rectifies pension gap between brigadiers & generals
Posted: 13 Sep 2008 06:07 AM CDT

In a rank conscious Army, this must have been a sacrilege — a retired brigadier drawing more pension than a retired major-general. Higher ranking retired Army officers continued with their heartache for more than 12 years till September 9, 2008, when the SC set right the anomaly and directed the Centre to pay them higher pension and arrears at 10% interest.
Charging the government with violating the fundamental right of the retired senior Army officers, the court asked the Centre to address the identical anamoly for similar ranking retired officers in the other two wings of the armed forces — the Air Force and the Navy.
The disparity arose because the rank pay stopped at brigadiers. When the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations were accepted by the government in 1996, the minimum pay of a major-general became less than that of a brigadier who had reached the maximum point in his scale, pointed out senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta to a Bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir and Markandey Katju.
For the Centre, additional solicitor general Vikas Singh admitted the mistake in computation of pension and said that corrective measures were taken. It stepped up the pension of major-generals, who had retired prior to January 1, 1996, so that they did not receive pension less than what was given to brigadiers, he said.
But this equation of pension between brigadiers and majorgenerals created another problem. This created two distinct class of officers in the rank of major-generals, those who retired prior to 1996 and those who retired after, Gupta countered. Writing the judgment for the Bench and agreeing with Gupta, Justice Kabir said: “It would be arbitrary to allow such a situation to continue since the same also offends the provisions of Article 14 of the Constitution guaranteeing right to equality.”
Taking into account similar case decisions of the apex court, the Bench said the date of retirement of an employee could not form a valid criterion for classification, for if that was the criterion, then those who retired by the end of the month would form a class by themselves. Holding that the fundamental right of the major-generals, who retired prior to 1996, had been violated, the Bench directed the central government that pay of all pensioners in the rank of major-generals and its equivalent rank in the two other wings of the defence services — the Air Force and Navy — be notionally fixed at the rate given to similar officers of the same rank after the revision of pay scales with effect from January 1, 1996.
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