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Bangalore Blasts

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Courtesy : IBNLIVE.com Blasts on Friday: March 12, 1993: Mumbai bombings were a series of thirteen bomb explosions that took place in Mumbai). The single-day attacks resulted in up to 250 civilian fatalities and 700 injuries. April 14, 2006: Twin blasts took place in Delhi's Jama Masjid injuring at least 13 people on Friday evening at around 1730 hrs IST. September 8, 2006: 31 killed, 297 injured in Friday's twin bomb blast in Malegaon. November 23, 2007: Multiple blasts in Faizabad, Varanasi, Lucknow within five minutes of each other killing at least 12 people in Uttar Pradesh. May 18, 2007: Eleven people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a bomb explosion inside Mecca Mosque located near the historic Charminar in Hyderabad. Following is a chronology of twelve major blasts that took place in India in last five years: March 13, 2003: A bomb attack on a commuter train in Mumbai kills 11 people. August 25, 2003: Two almost simultaneous car bombs k

Why terrorists struck Bangalore ?

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Why terrorists struck Bangalore B Raman December 29, 2005 Retired Professor Emeritus in the mathematics department of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, M C Puri, was killed and four serving scientists were injured when an unidentified gunman opened fire indiscriminately on a group of scientists as they were coming out of a conference hall in the prestigious Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore on Wednesday. The victims -- largely Indian with some foreigners -- who were attending an international conference on research relating to infrastructure, were reportedly walking to an adjacent building for dinner at the end of the day's proceedings. The person or persons responsible for the attack have not so far been arrested or identified. The incident has coincided with the reported shifting of Abu Salem [ Images ], a member of the mafia group headed by the Karachi-based Dawood Ibrahim [ Images ], to Bangalore to undergo a lie detector and other forensic tests in conn

Terrorism: The Enemy Within

January 02, 2006 Bangalore is learning what Delhi and Mumbai have long known, that being a major metropolis attracts not just venture capitalists but also the third rate scum known as terrorists. Just as Delhi is the political capital and Mumbai our financial HQ so is Bangalore the heart of the Indian software industry. It was thus only a matter of time before terrorists struck -- as they did when they murdered Professor M C Puri, and seriously injured four others including one of the inventors of the Simputer, Professor Vijay Chandru from the Indian Institute of Science. Truth be told, this attack is something that several senior people had been fretting about for quite a while. I understand General Balraj Singh Takhar, head of the Southern Command, mused aloud on the terrorist threat barely a few weeks ago. Now that the long dreaded event has finally happened it is time to understand something else: Bangalore will not be the last place in South India to be attacked by terrorists.

Naxalites Human rights violations: ACHR

The Naxalites in killings. They have been responsible for killing of at least 120 persons during April - June 2006, including 38 security personnel, 75 civilians and 7 Naxalites in internecine conflict. Of them, 26 persons, including 14 security personnel and 12 civilians, were killed in improvised explosive device explosions allegedly triggered by the Naxalites. The Naxalites have been responsible for gross violations of international humanitarian laws including abduction, hostage taking, torture, hacking to death, shooting from point blank range and trial by Jana Adalat, peoples’ court. Representatives of ACHR met some of the released hostages kidnapped by the Naxalites from Manikonta village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on 25 April 2006. The Naxalites abducted 52 tribal villagers, including 13 women while they were returning from Manikonta village to the government-run relief camp at Dornapal in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The villagers being sheltered at the relie

Naxalites – 'Finish them off'

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' By Swapan Dasgupta The nation should be grateful that wisdom has finally dawned on the UPA Government. Last Thursday, at the conclusion of a two-day conference involving the Centre and the States, the Prime Minister proclaimed Naxalism to be "the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country". It took the Government two years to acknowledge what should have been evident from the very day the "inner voice" made way for the gentle Sardar. In these two years, the Government allowed an "infantile disorder" — Lenin's evocative description — to escalate into a full-fledged insurgency. Today, the "red corridor" i

Sreelatha Menon: A homecoming in Bastar

Sreelatha Menon: A homecoming in Bastar EAR TO THE GROUND Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi July 20, 2008, 0:26 IST The collector of Dantewada has agreed to give 10 quintals of paddy seed to restart farming in Nendra. Nendra is a village in Konta block in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh which has been lying deserted for the last three years after multiple attacks by the government-backed anti-Naxal militia, the Salwa Judum, and the police. The collector's gesture was in reciprocation of a rehabilitation effort by an NGO called Vanvasi Chetna Ashram to facilitate homecoming for the villagers who were living either in jungles fearing reprisals from the Salwa Judum and the police, or in neighbouring villages of Andhra Pradesh. Some of them are in camps set up by the state government. The effort started this month, with 11 members of the ashram turning into a human shield and escorting the fugitive tribals to their village and staying with them. There has been little support from t