Friday, July 25, 2008
Terror hub? The terror train rolls into Bangalore. The last stop was in Jaipur, in case we forgot. In the meantime, IB has floated 3 theories as per this piece,
The IB says that the attack could be three pronged -- one to scare the IT sector in Bengaluru, two to warn the Karnataka police in the wake of the arrests of SIMI cadres in Karnataka which led to the arrests of 10 supremos of SIMI in Indore and lastly as a retaliatory measure since the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power for the first time in south India.
So everybody please be scared. B Raman has a title with a somewhat peculiar ending titled "Message from the blasts". To me there is only one message, Terror continues unabated with the governments in slumber.
Karnataka has been in the news for a while with the "surprise discovery" of being linked to a few terror plots, direct and indirect. So, for the IB to know this within minutes, surely they would have had an inkling that something of this nature was being planned? Perhaps they do not, which is worrisome.
So, politicians, can we hear the mandatory templated assurances terror war on paper - and add to the list of unknown wanted people. Keep watching this space.
Even as I write there is a 9th blast in the city and the police has this to say
Gopal Hosur, joint commissioner, crime, said that there was nothing to worry. He said that the blasts were low intensity in nature. He assured the people that the situation was under control.
I am well and truly worried.
Update: The paper war on terror has begun. Our home minister has condemned the blasts.
"I strongly condemn Friday's blasts in Bangalore. I convey my sympathies to the affected families and pray for speedy recovery of those injured in the blasts," he said in a statement.
"The ministry is in close touch with the Karnataka government. Such incidents will not deter the government from pursuing its policy of dealing with anti-national elements in a resolute manner."
I suspect there is a template where only the date, government and places have to be changed when a blast happens.