Islamic Terrorism in India

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Terror blasts in Maharashtra, Gujarat; 8 killed

Posted by jagoindia on September 30, 2008


Blasts in Maharashtra, Gujarat; 8 killed
30 Sep 2008, 0154 hrs IST, Mateen Hafeez & Yogesh Naik,TNN

MALEGAON/AHMEDABAD: Two crude bombs hit Malegaon in Maharashtra, killing 7 and injuring 30, and Modasa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat killing one and injuring ten.

The pattern of attack mirrored the one last Saturday in Mehrauli in Delhi. In both the cases, youth on motorcycles threw a plastic bag containing the low-grade explosives.
Bike blasts near SIMI’s Malegaon office kill 7

Two mysterious blasts in the Bhikku Chowk area of Malegaon killed seven people on Monday night and injured 30 others. The wounded were rushed to the nearby Noor Hospital and Faran Hospital. Two of the wounded were reportedly injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob. Three policemen were also reportedly hurt.

Curfew was imposed in the eastern part of communally-sensitive powerloom town of Malegaon after the blast and stone-pelting by a mob.

The location where the blasts took place also happens to be outside the building where the banned SIMI had its office. It is opposite Nisar Dairy and Bhikku Hotel. A Hero Honda motorbike, which was parked at the blast site, was completely mangled. While senior police officers said they were cylinder blasts, angry local residents insisted that bombs had been set off.

Additional SP (Malegaon) Sanjay Patil said that the explosions took place on a motorcycle. “Soon a huge mob gathered and they pelted stones at the police. We fired five rounds in retaliation. A huge crowd gathered and prevented the police from entering the area. There is tension and we have summoned additional forces. The exact number of injured people cannot be quantified now, but the mob attacked us brutally,” a police officer said.

Four companies of the State Reserve Police have been deployed. Malegaon sub-divisional magistrate Ajay More said the situation was tense. “Three policemen, including an IPS probationer Viresh Prabhu, are injured. Prabhu was hit by a stone and has a big gash on his head. We have admitted the policemen to Wadia Hospital,” he said.

While some police blamed cylinders for the blasts, other officials said the pattern was similar to the recent Delhi blasts, where two unknown persons came on a motorcyle and flung a bomb in the crowded Mehrauli market.

The Malegaon blasts took place at around 9.30 pm when a Ramzan special prayer was being offered in all mosques across the town. This is the second time that Malegaon has been hit by blasts. Earlier, on September 8, 2006, four bombs had been planted on cycles and went off in the textile town, killing 31 and injuring 297 others. Nine SIMI suspects had been arrested for the 2006 blasts.

Residents of Malegaon alleged that Monday’s blasts were a conspiracy to disturb the law and order situation two days prior to Eid. “I saw people running helter-skelter on the road and youths were taking the injured to the hospital,” said Khaleel Ahmed who stays in the vicinity.

Thousands of women were shopping at the time of the blasts. Bhikku Chowk is located between three mosques. The SIMI office, which is located on the first floor of a building, was functional till the outfit was banned on October 24, 2001. Bhikku Chowk also houses around six tea stalls.

A team of forensic experts from Nashik were reaching Malegaon to gather evidence from the blast site. An Anti-Terrorism Squad team had also reached Malegaon and have started investigations, said ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Blast-scarred Gujarat was jolted just days before Navratri on Monday when a bomb went off in Modasa town of Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat, leaving a 17-year-old boy dead and more than ten injured. The incident occurred hours after the recovery of 17 crude bombs in Ahmedabad’s Kalupur area.

Police said a bomb left in a motorcycle in a crowded market went off around 9.30 pm, killing Zainuddin Ghori.

“An electronic gadget was found from the site. Forensic experts have been called in to ascertain whether it was a timer device and what sort of explosive substance was used,” said Sabarkantha district collector M Thennarasan.

“One person was killed and ten injured in the blast that took place at Suka bazaar. Police reinforcements have been rushed to the spot. The injured are being shifted to hospital,” he added.

The area was immediately plunged into darkness, triggering panic among shoppers thronging the area before Id and nearby residents. “It is Ramzan and Suka bazaar is usually bustling at this time. Some seven bikes were parked near a closed shop. One of them had a bag close to its petrol tank. This exploded. The bike was blown to bits,” said eyewitness Razzak Khan.

Some other eyewitnesses said two persons were seen parking the Splendor bike (GJ 9R 2896) there.

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