Saturday, March 18, 2006
Terror attack and Advani’s Yatra
As on any Tuesday evening, it was rush hour after six at the Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi on March 7. The couples had just tied the knot and were walking towards the exit when a powerful blast knocked them over. Everyone was screaming and trying to rush out. The place was spattered with blood and body parts.
Two more blasts, within 10 minutes, rocked the Varanasi railway station. The witness said that a few students were making sketches of life on the platform when a bomb went off. There was a stampede and every one was running to save there life. 20 people died and more than 100 people were injured. Later the police defused two bombs one was away 20 meters from the Vishwanath temple and another form Gudaulia area, which has the busiest market in Varanasi.
Preliminary investigations have established the hand of Pakistan’s ISI behind the blast. The case has been handed over to the Special Task Force of the police. The Home ministry said the blasts were very similar to the once triggered by Kashmir terrorists in Delhi last year and that the Lashker-e-Toiba hand could not be ruled out. The explosive used in the blast was ammonium nitrate. This explosive makes the task of security experts difficult for variety of reasons. First, it is very difficult to detect it. Second, it is freely available as it is used as fertilizer. Even as the police were looking for leads, many stories floated around the city. Two days later the police released the sketches of 2 suspects. Meanwhile, an unkown outfit called Lashker-i-Kahar reportedly claimed the responsibility for the blast.
According to intelligence sources, the district administration and the state police had disregarded warnings after the Ayodhya attack in July 2005 that Varanasi was on the hit list of terrorist. A year ago in the city, 7 people were killed in a bomb blast at Deshaswamedh Ghat. The same day, the police found RDX near the Vishwanath Temple.
The blame game has spilled over to political circles as well. Minutes after the bob went off; BJP president Rajnath Singh said the blast were the result of the UPA government’s soft attitude to terrorism. Soon after, L.K.Advani was a link between the Muslim protests against the Danish cartoons of the prophet and the blast. And the next day the party called a Varanasi banth. Worst blast and the assaults on temples have also occurred during the BJP’s six-year rule in the Centre, but the latest blast have turned into the launching pad for the BJP’s return to Hindutva campaign. Advani decided to embark on a national integration Yatra. In this situation, his announcement of yatra to protest the Bomb blast in Varanasi has strongly organized the debate. I think because of this yatra, advanis is going to create this blast as religious problem. Congress view is that advanis yatra is on the aim coming Assembly elections. India has seen some bad incidents occurred in yatras; so it is going to impatient the country of Advanis yatra. It can come as religion problem, or some shocking things can happen or even it can come on integration yatra, it can expose in any shape, and spoil the countries affix gross peace. No nation lover will like to allow these kinds of problems in our country. I think the court should enter on this yatra, before any incidents occur.