Grrrrrrrr, I HATE Indian media. Now they're talking about Naxalite links, while there is absolutely nothing so far to support that. The only link that police talked about was with a Bengali based group, which has nothing to do with naxalites. Plus, anybody inconvenient to the government and their cronies gets labeled a naxalite or a Maoist insurgent. Including all of North-east, where the struggle is primarily ethnically defined and goal is self-determination. Not that any sort of insurgency is good, but the spinoffs and easy enemy that the media helps the political parties to point fingers to are just sickening.
Naxal link to Hyderabad blasts emerge
Naxalite or Naxalism is an informal name given to radical, often violent, revolutionary communist groups that were born out of the Sino-Soviet split in the Indian communist movement. Ideologically they belong to various trends of Maoism. Initially the movement had its epicentre in West Bengal. In recent years, they have spread into less developed areas of rural central and eastern India, such as Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh through the activities of underground groups like the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The CPI (Maoist) and some other Naxal factions are considered terrorists by the Government of India and various state governments in India.
Sunday, August 26, 2007 (Hyderabad)
NDTV has learnt that investigators have sufficient grounds to look into a Naxal involvement into Saturday's blasts in Hyderabad in which 40 people were killed.
Such a deadly Naxal attack in the heart of Hyderabad could put severe political pressure on the Congress, both at the Centre and the state.
Meanwhile, a day after the twin blasts, Home Minister Shivraj Patil confirmed there was some intelligence available on a possible attack.
Patil said that in a country as large as ours even with intelligence information it is often impossible to predict where terrorists will strike.
''We have to create an ambience where such things don't happen. We must take timely action on intelligence inputs. All of us have to be vigilant, help each other and avoid recriminations,'' Patil said.
Though Patil refused to name any groups, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy indicated the involvement of the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami behind the blasts.
The bodies of 39 of the 40 blast victims have been identified. Many of the bodies have been sent to their relatives across India.
Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet announced compensation and a job to each family that lost a breadwinner in the twin blasts.
Among those who lost their lives were seven students of the Amritvahini Engineering College in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
The students, who were in the city on a study tour, were watching the laser show at Lumbini when the blast occurred. Five other students have been injured.
The bodies of the students were flown to Pune on Sunday evening. Some of the students were not from Maharashtra and their bodies have been flown back as well.
The political fallout of the blasts has been on predictable lines.
The BJP has demanded a return of tough laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the state opposition has demanded the chief minister's resignation.
The demands have been rejected.
Investigators are now at a Nagpur factory where the explosives used in Hyderabad are believed to have been sourced.