Top Indian intelligence and security officials were summoned by the
Home Minister for an emergency meeting following another fatal bomb
blast in the Indian capital. Police say one child died and at least 18
other people were injured in the Saturday afternoon attack. The blast
comes two weeks after a series of bomb attacks in the capital left more
than 20 people dead. VOA correspondent Steve Herman reports from New
Just days after police claimed they had arrested
those responsible for the fatal September 13 bomb blasts in New Delhi
and elsewhere earlier, another explosion hit a busy market in the Indian capital.
Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat explains that witnesses saw those who brought the bomb to the Meharauli Main Market.
motorcycle riders came to the busy crowded market in Mehrauli and threw
one packet wrapped in black polyurethane. One boy picked up that packet
which exploded and he died," he said.
Local media quote
intelligence sources as saying the bomb, placed in a lunch box,
contained ammonium nitrate and was packed with nails. It destroyed
The explosion occurred in a low income
neighborhood, near a wholesale flower market and a major heritage site:
the 800-year-old Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret.
bombing renewed alarm here that New Delhi remains vulnerable despite
the recent crackdown against purported members of the little known
"Indian Mujahideen" group.
Media report that the major access
roads to Delhi were sealed following the market blast and police
advised people stay away from the city's markets.
minister, who has been criticized for his response to the blasts two
weeks ago, called another emergency meeting of top
intelligence and security officials to discuss the latest attack.
The largest opposition party, the BJP, demanded Minister Shivraj Patel's resignation immediately following the Saturday blast.
Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee says he has spoken with the Home
Minister about the latest attack but it is premature to name any
"Shortly government will have to take stark measure to put an end to this type of activities and acts of terrors," he said.
commentators say the bombers intended to deliver a message that
terrorists retain their capability to hit the capital despite the
recent police proclamation that those responsible for the earlier blasts have been neutralized.
The September 13 attacks in the capital followed recent bomb blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
say more than 400 people have been killed in explosions around the
country during the past three years. The attacks are usually blamed by police on Muslim groups, alleged to have funding or support from Pakistan or Bangladesh.