17 bombs recovered in Ahmedabad ahead of festivals (Second Lead)

September 29th, 2008 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Sep 29 (IANS) As many as 17 crude bombs were recovered and defused here Monday, just a day before the nine-day Navratri celebrations begin even while this Gujarat city was recovering from the serial bombings two months ago, the police said.Police officials said the bombs were found in small tobacco tins in Kalupur Darwaja area in the walled city. The bombs were of low-intensity and not sophisticated, and were defused soon after.

The bombs were manufactured during the communal violence of 2002, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashish Bhatia.

“Someone had dumped these bombs. The recovery shows the full alertness of the police,” Bhatia told IANS.

The bombs wrapped with sutli or strings were taken to nearby Madhav Park area where the bomb squad defused them.

The recovery of the bombs has caused some anxiety among the police force as it comes just before the Hindu festive season of Navratri culminating in Dashera as well as the Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr.

Some rumour mongers were trying to create panic given the timing of the recovery, police said.

However, organisers of Garba and Dandiya - the traditional evening dances held in open grounds during the nine nights of Navratri - said there would be no change in their plans.

On July 26, a total of 22 synchronised bombs went off, most of them in east Ahmedabad, killing 56 people and injuring at least 150. In the days following the bombings, 23 low-intensity bombs were recovered from Surat and were defused.

Investigative agencies were checking if the recovered bombs were part of any larger conspiracy or linked with the recent terror attacks.

While a blast in Bangalore on July 25 claimed one life, serial bombings in New Delhi Sep 13 claimed 25 lives.

A low-intensity crude bomb went off in Mehrauli in south Delhi Saturday, killing a 10-year-old boy, and left 22 others injured.

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