One more bomb found as Modi hails alert Surat (Second Lead)July 30th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
Surat, July 30 (IANS) Another live bomb was found in a market here Wednesday, even while Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was holding out Surat as an example for the rest of the country for the remarkable alertness of the people that led to 22 unexploded shells being recovered over three days. A bomb was found in a market here and police rushed to defuse it, four days after terror struck the state with 21 blasts killing at least 50 people in Ahmedabad. The scene of action shifted to this diamond city the next day with the first of the many unexploded bombs being found.
Congratulating the people of this city, Modi said the biggest disaster can be averted when the people and the government work together. “Surat has shown this.”
Surat, he said, had proved that terrorist machinations could be aborted if people were alert. All the bombs in Surat were discovered quickly and successfully defused.
“Enemies of this nation are bent upon destroying this country. It is very important that people are fully alert,” Modi said.
He announced awards of Rs. 21,000 each for all those who had tipped off police about the live bombs.
In his brief comments to the media, Modi, who was careful not to ascribe any blame, said anybody giving information on the terrorists would be rewarded by Rs.5.1 million. Care would be taken to keep their identities secret.
“If anyone can offer information that leads to the root of the terrorist network, a sum of Rs.51 lakh (Rs.5.1 million) will be awarded and the name of the source will be kept fully secret.”
Describing terrorism as a “proxy war”, Modi said the same rules should be applied as in war, the same atmosphere should be maintained. “Otherwise terrorists will take advantage.”
“Terrorists will not be allowed to go scot-free come what may… The state will use all its might to hunt down the culprits to the last man who committed this barbaric crime,” he declared.
Terrorists, he asserted, were targeting economically prosperous cities like Ahmedabad and Surat.
The chief minister met the police commissioner and other senior officials of this city to review the situation following the shocking discovery of the bombs.
Accompanied by Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel and Director General of Police (DGP) P.C. Pande, Modi also visited five of the places from where the live bombs were found.
He held extensive meetings with Surat Police Commissioner R.M.S. Brar as well as the collector, mayor and the municipal commissioner of the city.
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