Hyderabad, India: Terrorist Attack Leaves 40 Dead

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From The Hindu:

Hyderabad blasts: 38 persons identified

Hyderabad, Aug. 26 (PTI): Thirty-eight persons including six women and two children, out of 40 people killed in the twin blasts, have been identified, hospital sources said today.

The death toll in the blasts was officially put to 40. Earlier, it was put at 42.

The 54 injured, six of them seriously, were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city.

Of the 32 bodies, which were shifted to mortuary of Osmania General Hospital, 31 bodies — including that of six women — have been identified while two bodies including a headless one were yet to be identified, hospital sources said.

While all the seven bodies at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad have been identified.

Seven students of Amritvahini engineering college of Maharashtra and three railway employees from Madhya Pradesh were among the deceased, police sources said.

The Hindu also reports:

VHP calls Andhra bandh to protest Hyderabad blasts

New Delhi, Aug. 26 (PTI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today gave a call for a general strike in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow to protest the Hyderabad twin bombings that killed more than 40 people.

VHP leader Praveen Togadia condemned the bombings as an act of “jehadi terrorism” as he gave the bandh call. He blamed the absence of tough anti-terror laws for terrorist strikes in the country.

Two bombs ripped through a food stall and an amusement park in Hyderabad yesterday, less than six months after an explosion in a city mosque.

“We have called for an Andhra Pradesh Bandh tomorrow against these terrorist attacks”, Togadia said.

The Times of India:

HYDERABAD: The police have found 19 unexploded bombs in Hyderabad a day after at least 40 people were killed in blasts Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy blamed on terrorists based in Bangladesh or Pakistan.

New Delhi has sent extra police and special bomb detection equipment to Hyderabad, an IT hub, after bombs packed with metal pellets exploded at a food centre and an amusement park on Saturday night.

About 80 people were wounded by the three blasts that went off within minutes of each other.

Police discovered the unexploded bombs — most fitted with timers and placed in plastic bags — at bus stops, by cinema halls, road junctions and pedestrian bridges and near a public water tap across the capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

New Kerala:

VHP Condemns Bomb Blasts

Vijayawada, Aug 26 : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today strongly condemned the twin bomb blasts at Hyderabad last night, which claimed the lives of 43 people.

Speaking to UNI over phone, VHP Andhra Pradesh Vice-President Y Lokanatha Sarma termed the blasts as a ‘heinous act’ of ISI agents, which they were carrying out across the country for quite sometime.

‘The terrorists were trying to create fissuries between Muslims and Hindus, who were living peacefully in several parts of the country, he lamented.” The VHP leader blamed both the UPA government at the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government with utterly failing to take precautionary measures to avert such subversive acts in the country, even though Hyderabad, had become the hub of terrorist activities.

Mr Sarma said the VHP had called for a bandh in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad tomorrow against the state government’s soft stand on fundamental groups.

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  1. In addition, Paul’s opposition to NAFTA is based on his belief that it is managed trade, and not free trade. He would define free trade as the absence of a treaty mechanism to regulate trade at all. You might consider this an example of the perfect being the enemy of the good, since a treaty that liberalizes trade terms – while not as good as no government interference at all – is better than a protectionist system, holding out for laissez-faire is not likely to get Paul very far. But that’s different from implying that Paul is against free trade, as you have here.

  2. Some other issues concerning NAFTA is a trade highway that is to be built in conjunction with following through of the signing of the treaty. A highways existence that will no doubt incur more egregious use of eminent domain (you might remember the New London, CT debacle in which the government confiscated private property for the buildling of more private property, namely condo’s and office buildings in place of private, single-residence homes).

    If you can call someone who actually supports a strict Constitutional interpretation, opposes the Military Commissions Act as well as both USA PATRIOT Acts as being anti-Constitution, I am forced to wonder who you are and just where you are getting your information.

  3. Fluffy and Anon, I’m not sure why you are replying to the Paul post here. This post is about the recent terrorist attack in India.

    Fluffy, I understand the distinction, but I think it is bogus. Just as there were people who did not consider the USSR communist–they called it “state capitalist”–there are people who call our existing system of free trade, “managed trade.” Just as there were people who railed against actually existing communism in the name of “real” or “true” communism, there are people who rail against our actually existing system of free trade in name of ideal/laissez-faire free trade. You can deduce what I think of both groups from the various posts here at my blog.

    Anon, let me make this as clear as I possibly can for you.

    I do not suspect that you, Paul, or the rest of the Paulistas would consider someone a “strict-Constitutionalist” if they sought to get rid of amendments they support. Say for example, the Second Amendment.

    If a candidate made a campaign pledge to get rid of the Second Amendment, the way Paul wants to get rid of the 14th, I seriously doubt you would consider that candidate a “strict-Constitutionalist.” I certainly wouldn’t.

    You see, you really can’t have it both ways. Or, I suppose you can, but most of the thinking public will view you as hypocrites. The faithful may not, but the vast majority of the American public will. Not because we are dupes, “sheeple” or any such nonsense but we can plainly see when someone is talking out of both sides of their mouth.

    Please direct future comments to the Paul post.

  4. I have just got back home from my office at Bowenpally in Secunderabad and have realized that there has been an explosion at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad.

    Thanks to a lengthy chat that I had with my colleague Arkss I was delayed at work and therefore hitched a ride with RP upto Himayatnagar. I then happened to take the route via Koti where 15-20 minutes earlier there was another blast. This time at the well-known Gokul Chat.

    While there, I happened to interact with someone who was at the site when the blast took place and he mentioned that there could have been at least 20-25 people who took a direct hit and lost their lives. He talked about how people (shopkeepers, shoppers etc.) swung into action and put the injured into autorickshaws and sent them to the Gandhi and Osmania hospitals.

    By the time I was walking past the site the Fire Tenders had arrived and the police had cordoned off the area. Yet I noticed that Ambulances were finding it difficult to get through because of the dense traffic and also because the bloody ordinary Hyderabadi refuses to give way even to an Ambulance. I noticed a couple of the Ambulances getting caught even as I was traveling towards Koti but obviously, at that point, did not know the gravity of the issue.

    While I was at the accident site (at the time of writing it is still not clear if the blast at Gokul Chat was caused by a cylinder explosion or by a bomb blast) I noticed that the police had more or less gained control over the situation.

    But what really saddened me was the behaviour of some of the people at the site. While at the time that I passed by Gokul Chat there was not much the general citizen could have done to help the injured, surely there was no need to block the other side of the road and gawk as if there was a film-shooting going on.

    This crowd was also impeding the free flow of traffic that caused a traffic pile up at the Koti Women’s College end leading to a further delay in Ambulances traveling from the Chaderghat side getting to the spot.

    That we don’t do much to help our fellow citizen is bad enough (I am obviously including myself here) but if we are the reason why a badly injured person can’t be taken to hospital in double quick time then there is a problem somewhere in the way we as a community/nation behave.

    I know that this post is fairly disjointed but then again I have probably not been as disturbed as I am now.

    My heart goes out to the families of the victims many of whom cannot possibly be identified right away and hope they somehow find the strength to deal with this tragedy. And I really really hope that the number of fatalities does not rise over night.

    But seriously this has put in perspective a lot of things for me. If I had walked past that place 20 minutes earlier then I too would have been lying in a pool of blood. And there I was an hour earlier, in office, talking about my future.

    As if I control anything.

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