Monday, October 31, 2005

Delhi blasts: More clues emerge

The government is now almost certain that Lashkar was behind the serial blasts that rocked Delhi last evening. It is believed that the bombs were planted as a retaliation for the Red Fort attack case, judgement on which was due yesterday. The main accused Mohammad Arif, a Pak national, was almost certain to get the death sentence for waging war against the State. Additional Judge O.P. Sahni has since reserved his judgement till tomorrow.

A new angle that's emerging is the suspicion that Al Qaeda might have played a role too. If proved, this would be a dangerous portent, indicating that the struggle in Kashmir is acquiring an international dimension.

Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal has revealed that there was a tipoff that a terrorist strike was being planned but the IB had no credible information. He did not, however, mention if this and the other botched-up operations in the past deserve a serious consideration on why Indian Intelligence agencies oughtn't to be wrapped up.

22 people have been deatined for questioning.

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