India says local Islamists bombed Hindu pilgrim city Varanasi

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2010

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(Photo: After the blast in Varanasi December 7, 2010/Stringer)

India said Wednesday a home-grown Islamist group with ties to Pakistani militants was behind a bomb attack in one of its holiest cities, Varanasi, and local media reported two people were questioned over the attack. Home Secretary Gopal Pillai said traces of explosives were found at the site of Tuesday evening’s blast in the northern city that killed a two-year old girl and injured 37 Hindu worshippers and foreign tourists.

Pillai said the crude bomb was set off by the Indian Mujahideen (IM), a local group India says has been trained by militants based in Pakistan, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The IM claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to local media, police said. That email was traced to a Mumbai suburb and two people were questioned over it, local media said.

“The main players of Indian Mujahideen are based in Pakistan and they are definitely running the game from there,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal told a press conference. Pillai has said it was “too premature” to say if individuals or groups operating from Pakistan were involved.

India remains jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 which killed 166 people and raised tensions with arch rival Pakistan. New Delhi says Pakistan-based groups aid and train militants to carry out attacks against India, a claim Islamabad rejects.

Read the full story by C.J. Kuncheria here.

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(Photo: Boats on the the river Ganges near holy “ghats” (banks) in  Varanasi July 21, 2009/Jayanta Shaw)

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IM is a fake name given to confuse the realtors sitting in Pakistan and orchestrating the show under cover of ISI guidance. Their agents are many but Lashkar is such one culprit. It is all officially planned and effected since the 1971 but will Pakistan succeed in her clandestine operations?

For Pak civil leaders, this is a attention diversion tactic from their incompetency of governance and rampant corruption, poverty and public unrest. There are ethnic wars like one in Karachi killing hundreds and regular ongoing bomb blasts in NWFPs but army is finding it difficult and US forces are being attacked.

Hence they encourage such overseas terror attacks to evoke public sentiments
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Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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