New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) The blast at the Ajmer Sharif Durgah, which left two people dead and 12 injured this evening, evoked widespread condemnation from political leaders who asked the people to stand united against the forces of terror which sought to disrupt communal harmony in the country.
Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari expressed shock and strongly condemned the despicable act and called on all citizens to maintain peace and harmony and work to frustrate all attempts to disturb social peace.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the possibility of a terrorist outfit's hand could not be ruled out and the incident had pointed out lapses in security arrangements in the holy shrine.
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the Home Ministry was monitoring the situation in the state.
Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal called it ''a design of elements inimical to country who wanted to cause communal discord'' and said an alert had been issued to all the states asking them to be cautious of the designs of terrorists who might try to disrupt peace, unity and religious harmony of the country by causing such blasts.
Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta spoke to the state Chief Secretary seeking details regarding the blast and assured all possible assistance to the state government to tackle the situation.
Union Minister of Water Resources Saifuddin Soz called it an ''act of barbarianism'' by cowards who chose the month of Ramzan for disrupting communal peace and harmony.
JD(S) Secretary General K Danish Ali said the state government should have provided adequate security cover to the Durgah after the Centre had issued an alert that the terrorists were likely to target pilgrim towns during the festive season of Ramzan, Id-ul-fitr and Dussehra.
Mumbai unit President of the Samajwadi Party and MP Asim Azmi demanded a fair investigation into the blast.'' The blast occurred around 1815 hrs in the Aahata-e-Noor near the holy tomb in the durgah premises shortly after the roza 'iftar'.