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Bomb Blast in Varanasi

Those bastards are at it again!! The motivation for Varanasi to be the target would quite obviously be to instigate riots! Hope the Hindu community does not take out its anger on the Muslim brothers who have nothing to do with all this!

At least 20 persons were killed and over 50 injured when three blasts rocked Varanasi on Tuesday evening.

According to the police, three blasts occurred almost simultaneously at about 6.30 pm. The first blast took place at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple that was crowded on Tuesday, believed to be a special day for Lord Hanuman.

Panic prevailed at the temple with at least 10 persons dying on the spot while about 40 were wounded. “Ten of the wounded are critical,” a hospital official said.

Two similar explosions in the waiting area of the Varanasi railway station followed the temple blast. One bomb went off outside the station master’s room at the railway station, while the other near the inquiry counter, leaving five dead and about 20 injured.

Another live bomb was unearthed in Gudaulia residential locality. “It was diffused by the bomb squad,” police said.

According to Varanasi Senior Superintendent of Police Navneet Sikera, “The blasts were big and we would not rule out more casualties.”

Sikera also does not rule out a terrorist hand behind the blast. “What else could it be?” he asked. “I would not be surprised if it were some kind of a retaliatory act by Lashkar-e-Tayiba, as we had nabbed one of their agents in Varanasi in February,” Sikera sought to add.

The suspected LeT agent was handed over to West Bengal police as the Bengal police had alerted them about the accused.

Sikera was unable to give any further details of the blast . “Our priority is to ensure maintenance of law and order and to see that peace and harmony is not disturbed,” he added.

While the injured have been rushed to the Benaras Hindu University hospital, the entire temple complex has been cordoned off.

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