3 killed, 25 injured in serial blasts in UP cities: Parliament told

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New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) The government today informed both of House of Parliament about the serial blasts that rocked three Uttar Pradesh cities, with the Home Minister Shivraj Patil agreeing to make a comprehensive statement in the Lok Sabha next week over all the blasts that took place during the past two years in the country.

Mr Patil informed the Lower House that at least three people were killed and over 25 injured in a series of blasts that rocked Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi cities of Uttar Pradesh this afternoon.

He was reacting to the remarks by Leader of Opposition in the Lower House L K Advani, who said today's blasts clearly indicated the failure of intelligence as it takes considerable time to arrange logistics for carrying out such deadly attacks.

The BJP leader said terrorist outfits were spread throughout the country and their subversive acts had to be pre-empted with intelligence inputs and alertness.

Asserting the need for more preparedness to tackle such terrorist activities, Mr Advani said ''The government should also let the countrymen know about what steps it had taken to check such activities and its firm conviction to end the terrorist menace.'' Mr Patil said as per preliminary reports, a total of six explosions were triggered at three sites, adjacent to cycle stands and electric sub-stations in the court complexes.

The explosions were of low intensity in Lucknow, where no casualty has been reported while those carried out in Varanasi and Faizabad were of high intensity, Mr Patil added.

In Varanasi, one person was killed and ten injured while in Faizabad two people were killed and 15 injured in the blasts, the Home Minister said.

He said three explosions occurred between 1300 to 1325 hrs.

The matter was mentioned in the Rajya Sabha by Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal who shared similar information with the Upper House.

He was speaking on the comments by some BJP members who were demanding that the government should share information about the blasts with the House.

Earlier, talking to reporters Mr Jaiswal had described the serial explosions as an attempt to foment communal strife in the country.

UNI

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