Victor wrote:All the more reason for a broad cross section of IMs to loudly condemn this attack, the perpetrators and the ideology without mincing words. Yes, yes, we know they are all patriots and all that but there comes a time when you have to underline that. Now is the time. Not doing so says loud and clear: "we support the attack".
Talk is cheap
(i.e. any Tom/Dick can condemn)
[quote]Serial blasts rip through Jaipur; Hindus & Muslims among 60 dead; Indians condemn
Submitted by kashif on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 19:35.
* Indian Muslim
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net
Jaipur: Terror struck again. This time they chose one of the most busy tourist cities in the country: Jaipur. It was 7:30 pm, 13th May, prime time for shopping when daytime temperature is above 40 degree. Markets were bustling but within minutes they were shaking with serial blasts.
Seven blasts rocked the city of Jaipur, killing 60 (by 11:30 pm report from TwoCircles.net source in the city) and wounding 100. The blasts of medium intensity took place in the walled city whose residential areas are heavily Muslim populated.
Rajasthan unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has condemned the blasts
in strongest terms. Talking to TCN from Jaipur, state JIH president Er. Mohammad Saleem said the blasts seemed to be part of recent blasts carried out in different parts of the country with an aim to instigate communal tensions. These attacks wherein innocents are killed are well calculated, he said. Those behind such attacks, he said, want to fuel communal hatred between Hindus and Muslims and destabilize the country.
When asked about casualties, he said places for blasts â€“ markets, shopping centres â€“ indicate the perpetrators wanted more and more casualties. The blast sites include Manas Chowk Police Station area, Lakshmi Mishtaan Bhandar in Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar, Badi Choupal and Choti Choupal. Most of the injured are being treated at Sawai Mann Singh hospital.
Talking to TCN an hour ago from the hospital where wounded are being treated, Er. Saleem said casualties are from both communities. Three relatives of his close acquaintances were also among the victims. He said a JIH team and some other organizations, both Muslim and Hindu, are helping the injured and relatives of the victims.
He said investigating agencies must change their pattern of investigation whereby they accuse some Muslim organizations within hours of attacks, and this sets the course of enquiry by police and media. This policy is to terrorise Muslims, Er. Saleem said.
According to the authorities, one bomb went off in a car while another near a handloom shop. All the areas that have been targeted are tourist spots.
The police say there were no intelligence inputs available earlier, but they were generally on the alert because of the IPL matches taking place in the city. However, it is to be seen whether they change their statement in coming days.
Meanwhile, Mumbai and New Delhi have been put on high alert and the National Security Guard has been dispatched to Jaipur.
There have been communal tensions in the city. These blasts took place just seven months after the twin blast at the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on 11th October 2007. Two people were killed and 17 injured in that blast.
Shocked by the event, President and the Prime Minister have expressed condemnation for the blasts and appealed for peace and calm.
The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) has condemned
the deadly bomb blasts in the city of Jaipur which have reportedly killed sixty and injured more than one hundred people.
â€œWe condemn this despicable and dastardly act. Our hearts and prayers go out for the victims and their families,â€