Surat on alert; more bombs recovered

July 29, 2008

Just two days after four bombs were found in Surat, six more live bombs were found in the city, four of which were defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. Efforts are on to defuse the fifth and sixth bombs.

Earlier, the first bomb was found near the Ladeshwar Police Chowky in the Varaccha area of the city. Another live bomb was recovered from a market in Santosh Nagar, and was confirmed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Surat. The other explosives were reportedly recovered from the Mini Diamond market in Varaccha area of the city.

Following initial reports of the same, Surat police officials rushed to the area. The bombs were reportedly detonators, which could have gone off causing minor damage to the surroundings.

The bombs recovered by the Bomb Disposal squad bare an uncanny resemblance with each other and the ones that were found on Sunday (July 27). The explosives are reportedly wrapped in a newspaper which looks to be from the city of Vadodara.

Police officials suspect that more explosive-like substances have been planted in different parts the city. Following the alerts, the police cordoned off the area and restricted the traffic. Pedestrians were asked to keep off the area for security reasons.

RS Brar, Commissioner of Surat Police said, “We have cordoned off the area. We have appealed to the public to inform us if they find any objects of suspicion. We will take immediate action and are doing our best to ensure safety in the city.”

Meanwhile, there were reports that the OPD at the Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital had been evacuated after authorities reportedly received a call informing of a possible bomb. However, the police confirmed that it was a hoax call.

High alert had been sounded in Surat after four live bombs were defused on the outskirts of the city on Sunday (July 27)


First arrest in Ahmedabad blasts case

July 28, 2008

An activist of the banned militant outfit — Ahle Hadeez — was today (July 27) arrested in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, which was on the edge with a live bomb in the city being defused and another three found in Surat city as the death toll rose to 49. The arrested activist, identified as Abdul Halim and wanted in connection with 2002 post-Godhra riots, was picked up by the police from the communally sensitive Dani Limda area in the walled city. Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Home Minister Shivraj Patil chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation in the country and assured all possible help to the Gujarat government.