The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Relay blasts near Godhra

Ahmedabad, Oct. 16: Godhra has put Gujarat back on the edge after two bombs went off within a span of 28 hours in the town that witnessed the train carnage and at a bus terminus nearby.

At least eight persons were injured when a bomb exploded at the bus station at Lunavada, 35 km from Godhra, this evening. The blast came a day after six persons were injured in an explosion on a bus at the Godhra bus station.

Panchmahal (the district where Lunavada is located) superintendent of police Narsimha Kumar said “there was a marked similarity between the two explosions”.

Lunavada falls on the route of chief minister Narendra Modi’s controversial Gaurav Yatra, the fifth phase of which began today from Porbander, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace. The rath is scheduled to reach Lunavada on October 19.

Police said the bomb planted in the terminus went off at 7.45 pm. The bus station building also houses several government offices.

Tuesday’s blast occurred soon after a state road transport bus coming from a nearby village rolled into the parking bay at Godhra.

Almost all the passengers had alighted when the bomb went off, ripping out seats at the back, shattering window panes and damaging a tyre.

Four persons standing beside the bus were hit by splinters. The condition of one of the injured, whose leg had to be amputated, is stated to be critical.

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