Blast culprits will be punished: Patil

September 13th, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilNew Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Terming Saturday’s serial blasts in the capital as a cowardly attack, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the perpetrators would be severely dealt with under the law.”It is a cowardly act by those who don’t want us to live in peace. The people behind this act will be given stringent punishment according to the law,” he told reporters here.

“We have just overcome the difficulties (of the previous blasts) and these cowardly people have hit us again. But I would appeal to people to stay together and not create panic,” Patil added.

He has also announced that the central government would sanction compensation for the families of those killed and for those injured.

“Overcoming difficulties is a big challenge for us for the time being and I appeal to people to stay together and maintain social harmony,” he added.

At least 18 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in six terror blasts at crowded market places in the capital Saturday evening - three in Connaught Place, two in Greater Kailash and one in Karol Bagh.

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