SURAT/AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI: Just when Gujarat was returning to normalcy after 50 people were killed in Saturday”s serial bombings in Ahmedabad, 23 low-intensity bombs were recovered from Surat by yesterday evening as cities across India remained on the edge.
“It’s been only because of a vigilant public that we managed to reach in the nick of time and defuse them. We have asked people to avoid crowded areas,” said the city”s police commissioner R M S Brar.
Brar ordered closure for the day of all cinema theatres, colleges, schools, malls and parks even as panic gripped people. He also asked leaders of textile industry and diamond market associations to keep their businesses shut today.
Seventeen bombs were recovered yesterday from Varachha area where a large number of diamond processing units are located. One bomb was recovered from the city outskirts in Mahinderpura. Four bombs were found from Varachha two days ago and one more late Monday evening.
Yesterday morning, the first bomb was recovered from behind the Labeshwar police post when a provision store owner was opening his shop around 9am.
As he was pushing his shutters up a packet fell down. He immediately called the police and a team led by police inspector V B Patel reached the spot with the bomb disposal and dog squads. A little later another bomb, placed inside an electric meter box, was recovered near the Baroda Bridge in Santoshnagar area close to a garment shop.
Later in the afternoon, a bomb was recovered near a tree close to the Matawadi police post in Varachha. Even as cops were heaving a sigh of relief, they had to rush to Varachha’s mini diamond market where four more bombs were recovered.
Of the 17 bombs found from Varaccha area, three were placed precariously on an advertisement banner over a bridge.
Strangely, none of the detected bombs exploded, leading to various theories on whether the city was being used as a staging post and a cache by terrorists on their way to Ahmedabad.
On Sunday, two abandoned cars laden with explosive materials were found from Surat, Gujarat’s second largest city….