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India: Ahmedabad Hit By Bomb Blasts

Categories: South Asia, India, Breaking News, War & Conflict

With barely a gap of 24 hours since the attack in Bangalore [1], another terrorist attack was witnessed today in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat with sixteen blasts going off in various parts of the city. While the blasts, much like the ones in Bangalore were of low intensity, early reports suggest that 18 people have been killed [2]. Kishalaya [3] writes

My Fear came true, close to the Bangalore Blasts, serial blasts rocked Ahmedabad on Saturday Evening. As with Bangalore blasts all the blasts were low intensity blasts. More than 100 people are injured and are admitted to the hospital.

Musings from Chennai [4] writes on the lack of security measures.

State Governments should step up their activity to modernise the police force, equip them with CCTV cameras, phone monitoring and above all allow them to work independently to prevent crimes instead of forcing them to perform mundane activities.

I dont see any point in blaming central government – i also dont see any point when central agencies say that they have issues alert to various state – they are routine alerts – no value in them.

On a forum called pagalguy [5], a user asks who is to blame for the appallingly low levels of security in Indian cities.

But do we all really think that they are to be blamed entirely for these blasts and such savagery? Is it really possible for the security agencies to track the movement of over 1 billion citizens of our country? Do we, as responsible Indians, don't have any duties to perform here? What do we do about such situations? Is it right to just kick-up some mud in the aftermath of the blasts and then get back to our lives again?

At another forum called IndiaMike [6], a user, living close to the location of the blasts writes

… heard one almighty ‘whoomp’ earlier on close to our own house (Maninagar) and asked the wife what that noise was ? Now watching the news on TV. Brother-in-law stays close to where one of the bombs went off.

Luckily all the family are safe. Never gave much thought to bombings til now…

While the television news media in India is covering the news as it unfolds, much like yesterday, some people have been twittering. A user Siyab twitters [7] – “I mean,look at the Ahmedabad blasts: ppl started reporting it long before the news sites published it… “. Meanwhile, Retributions [8] asks why there's an appeal for communal harmony after all bomb blasts.

Indian Raksa [9] writes on the system's failure to address lapses of security, outlining the usual series of events after an attack.

* The Attack
* The Appeal for calm
* The Condemnation
* The Blame Game (which Shantanu somehow missed)
* The suspected “Foreign Hand”
* The Arrests
… the arrested are prosecuted then sentenced to death or put in jail after many years of trail, then mercy petitions are filed with the president, which remains pending like the unattended files in our government offices or the judgment itself leads to outrage which causes more blasts or the convicts are released as ransom for a VIP or his son or daughter or the passengers of a hijacked plane, these escaped terrorists in turn mastermind more attacks.