Uneasy calm in curfew-bound localities of Pink City

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Jaipur, May 14(UNI) An uneasy calm prevailed in the curfew-bound walled city localities of Jaipur today, a day after yesterday's serial blasts which left at least 63 people, including 10 children and three policemen dead.

The people of the state mourned the deaths of innocent victims even as the Rajasthan Bandh called by the RSS and the VHP evoked good response.

The Rajasthan government also observed one day state mourning.

Meanwhile, police have detained two suspects in connection with the blasts.

The Indore railway police claimed to have detained 32 people with suspicious names and addresses as part of precautionary measures in the wake of Jaipur serial blasts.

The Rajasthan Cabinet, which held its emergency meeting here, condoled the deaths of innocent people.

The bandh passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the state, PWD Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje thanked the people of Jaipur for maintaining peace and upholding the time-tested tradition of communal harmony in the city.

As a precautionary measure, curfew was clamped in walled city localities under 13 police stations between 0900 and 1800 hrs, Ms Raje said.

''It is a matter of great satisfaction that the day passed off peacefully,'' she said.

The deceased were cremated today. As many as 49 of the 63 dead bodies had so far been identified and handed over to their kin for cremation.

Meanwhile, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Jaswant Singh, and several other dignitaries visited the hospitals to meet the injured and blast sites to assess the situation.

Former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat also visited the hospital and the affected areas in the city.

Ms Raje and Mr Advani held that the blasts had a foreign hand as an international gang of terrorists was believed to have masterminded the same.

Mr Advani said the finger of suspicion was pointing at the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI).

The Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha demanded the reintroduction of POTA to fight out terrorism.

The day which begins as early as 0400 hrs, started on a sedate note, with many people opting to remain indoors. Those who did stick to their routine were also cheerless and shocked.

Even after dawn, the city wore a deserted look, as the administration imposed curfew from 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs in 15 police station areas.

The movements for funeral and last rites were, however, exempted from the curfew restrictions, a police spokesperson told UNI.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said 63 deaths have been confirmed in the blasts.

A total of 216 people sustained injuries, of which 91 were still being treated at the SMS Hospital, 24 others were admitted at the SDM Hospital, 2 at the Kanwantia Referral Hospital, and one at the Satellite Hospital, PWD Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...picking up from line 1, para 12 of DR 59-- BLAST-RAJ-SECOND LEAD CURFEW.


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