Terror attacks in country trigger security alert in Pakistan bound trains

May 18th, 2008 - 10:02 am ICT by admin  

Jodhpur, May 17 (ANI): Days after serial blasts ripped through Jaipur, security has been stepped up for passengers of the Thar Express, a weekly service between Rajasthan and Pakistan’s Sindh province.

The Thar Express is a cross-country train that connects Karachi to Jodhpur. Munabao and Khokhrapar, which are six kilometers apart, are the two last railway stations of India and Pakistan border respectively.

It is the oldest existing train service between the two countries.

India has sounded a high alert along the Pakistan border in the wake of the serial blasts that shook the pink city on Tuesday, almost a week after the infamous Samba encounter of Jammu.

Days after the serial blasts, authorities across India are taking precautions to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

Security officials said that thorough checks are being carried out and all passengers are being checked for anti-sabotage in the train that goes from Jodhpur to Munabao.

We are not taking any risk, we are conducting checks to the maximum extent. We are conducting 100 per cent Anti-Sabotage Tests (AST). Secondly, the train doesn’t stop till Munabao. And security personnel are posted in all the eight bogies, said Rajiv Dasot, Inspector General of police.

He further added that mobile checks are also being conducted, but said that owing to security concerns, the details cannot be revealed.

Just in the past week, soldiers came under heavy cross-border fire trying to stop armed men from sneaking into its part of Kashmir. Later, eight people were killed in clashes in a village in some of the worst violence in Kashmir this year.

Therefore, all precautions are being taken in the wake of the recent incidents of violence.

The Jaipur blasts within minutes of each other brought fears that Pakistani or Bangladeshi Islamist militant groups were trying to undermine a fragile peace process between India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, police probing bombings in Jaipur that killed 63 people said that new evidence pointed increasingly towards Indian Islamists backed by a Bangladeshi militant group as being behind the blasts.

They said the attack bore hallmarks of the Bangladeshi militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI), suspected to be behind several previous blasts in India.

Bangladesh however has said that the militant group had been marginalized following a crackdown.

In the past few years, bomb blasts in different cities have killed hundreds of people. The deadliest was in July 2006, when seven bombs on Mumbai railways killed more than 180 people.
In August three bomb blasts killed 38 people at an amusement park and a street-side food stall in Hyderabad. (ANI)

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