Gujarat death toll is 45, says minister

July 27th, 2008 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS  


Gandhinagar, July 27 (IANS) The death toll in the Ahmedabad bombings has risen to 45, Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said Sunday. Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, he said what was important was “not counting the score (the dead) as in cricket matches every now and then but to see that the injured get proper medical aid”.

He said investigation by the state and central agencies had begun. Additionally, a special coordinating group was being set up.

“Let me remind you that this is not an isolated incident as is being made out but a well thought out conspiracy against this country. The blasts have a sinister design in attacking the progress of this country. As bad luck would have it, Gujarat became the victim,” Vyas said. “We will not be cowed down by these dastardly acts of violence.”

He admitted that about 20 bombs exploded Saturday. He said the inquiry into the carnage would be exhaustive and go to the root of the attack.

“The probe is not a matter for public debate,” he said. “The experts are handling it.”

He said that despite whatever alerts a government may get, insurgents are always one step ahead of any security arrangement.

“The security forces are combing and scanning. We have called the army for flag march. Now it is time to create confidence among the people that the state is ready to meet any eventuality.

“My colleague Maya Kodnani (minister for women and child welfare) and I were at the Civil Hospital throughout the night until early this morning to see that all necessary help is provided to the victims,” Vyas said.

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