Air, ground vigilance stepped up
Mumbai, Aug. 26 (PTI): Surveillance on the metropolis and the state has been stepped up following yesterday’s blasts and in view of the Kumbh Mela in Nashik, director-general of police .P. Bali said.
“Surveillance from air and at ground level would be intensified at Nashik in view of the ongoing Kumbh Mela,” Bali said after a high-level meeting at Mantralaya here today.
People have been asked to remain alert. Parked vehicles here were being searched at random.
Helicopters would be pressed into service at Nashik to maintain vigil from above. Barricades would be set up on the ground to prevent a stampede and also to keep an eye on people coming and leaving the place, he said.
London (PTI): Almost all leading British dailies led on Tuesday with stories of the twin blasts and condemned the act.
The Times, in a lead article titled Bombay Butchers, said “Indians must meet violence with non-violence”. “The government, led by the Hindu nationalists who sprang to prominence in the tempest of feeling that swept India after Ayodhya, has in office often shown unexpected restraint in its dealings with its neighbour.... It will win a victory against terrorism now by displaying all the moderation it can muster.”
The Financial Times described it as “the country’s most devastating terror attack for more than a year”.
Srinagar (PTI): The Hurriyat Conference strongly condemned the blasts and called upon the leadership in the sub-continent to resolve disputes. “Hurriyat Conference strongly condemns the Mumbai blasts in which innocent lives were lost,” its statement said.
Mumbai (Reuters): The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance has planned a “silent” rally here on Wednesday. It is expected to draw at least 1,000 people, Mumbai BJP chief Vijaybhai Girkar said.
Chennai: Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati will light “Moksha Deepams” on Tuesday evening on the towers of the Kamakshi Amman Temple at Kanchipuram to pray that the souls of those killed in the blasts may rest in peace, reports our special correspondent.
Vatican City (Reuters): Pope John Paul has condemned the blasts, calling them the work of “the forces of hatred and mistrust”. A Vatican telegram to the cardinal of Mumbai said the Pope was “deeply saddened” by the blasts.