The dates 13 and 26 are proving ominous for India. They have been a common factor in the three major blasts and one terror attack that took place in major cities in the two years before the Pune blast. The trend started with the Jaipur serial bombings on May 13, 2008, followed by the Ahmedabad attack on July 26. In the same year, Delhi was shaken by a series of six blasts on September 13, followed by the Mumbai attack on November 26.
Jaipur/Kota: Rajasthan police have beefed up security in the state, especially in Pushkar in Ajmer, where Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative David Coleman Headley had stayed in 2008. Intelligence agencies have their eye on a Jewish centre in Pushkar where, according to the NIA, Headley had conducted a recce. Security has also been tightened at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station.
IM suspects move SC
New Delhi: Suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists accused of triggering serial blasts in five state capitals in 2008 have approached the Supreme Court for clubbing and shifting their cases to the capital to ensure speedy trial. Nine of them, in central jail at Sabarmati in Gujarat, filed the petition on the ground that their constitutional right to speedy trial was being compromised.
Ripples on Facebook
Pune: Hundreds gave vent to their emotions on social networking sites. “How dare they touch Pune?” fumed Swaroopa Sanap on Facebook. A community on Facebook, “In Memory of those who died in the Pune Koregaon Park bomb blast”, had 1,339 members at last count.
Sushma slams govt
Pune: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has blamed lack of coordination between state and Union governments on exchange of inputs for the Pune blast. She and BJP president Nitin Gadkari visited German Bakery on Sunday.
Gag order on media
Pune: Police have failed to make any major breakthrough 24 hours after the Pune blast, and banned mediapersons from talking to the injured. Home Minister P. .Chidambaram said that only the deputy inspector general and police commissioner could talk to the media.