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Sunday, Oct 30, 2005
Government - Terrorism
50 killed as bomb blasts rock Delhi Police suspect Lashkar-e-Toiba
TERROR STRUCK: Shopkeepers guarding their wares at the bomb blast site in Paharganj, a crowded shopping area near the New Delhi railway station. Kamal Narang
New Delhi , Oct. 29
A SERIES of bomb blasts rocked market places in Delhi on Saturday killing 50 people and injuring more than 100 people.
According to the police, the initial suspicion points to the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba, though no organisation has yet claimed responsibility.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation.
The blasts occurred in the busy market areas of Paharganj near the New Delhi railway station, Sarojini Market, a popular middle class shopping area, and Govindpuri, a wholesale trading centre.
People were out in large numbers shopping for Diwali, when the blasts took place.
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who is on an official visit to Tripura, expressed shock over the blasts and asserted that militant violence would not weaken the country's resolve to fight terrorism. He urged the people to remain calm.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms Shiela Dikshit, said more than 30 people were feared killed and dozens injured as blasts rocked Delhi at three places this evening. She said the death toll could be higher.
In the past too, terrorists have targeted the Delhi markets on the eve of major festivals
The first explosion occurred in Paharganj market, next to the New Delhi railway station at around 5:40 p.m.. In the next few minutes, explosions rocked the Sarojini Nagar market and Govindpuri in south Delhi.
The police announced a red alert across the entire capital region within minutes of the first blast.
Following the blasts, security has been beefed up in high security installations like the Parliament House, the Rasthrapati Bhavan, the North and South Block, the Reserve Bank of India and all Government buildings, airports and railway stations.
The city police chief has asked people to be vigilant. He said unclaimed objects lying anywhere should not be touched and information about these should be passed on to the police immediately.
The public has also been asked to inform the police about any suspicious persons moving in their neighbourhood or any other suspicious movement.
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