India: Security increased for post-bombing Eid

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November 4, 2005 08:15
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Security was stepped up across India on Friday as millions of Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr festival nearly a week after triple bombings killed 60 people ahead of a major Hindu celebration. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting of top officials late Thursday to review security arrangements for Eid, as well as to take stock of the investigation so far into last week's bombings in two markets and on a bus. Saturday's blasts occurred as thousands of people crowded the markets to shop for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that saw subdued celebrations on Tuesday. About 3,000 additional police and paramilitary soldiers were deployed across New Delhi in public places and at high security installations for Eid, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Security checkpoints were set up along major roads leading into and out of the capital, and cars were being randomly stopped and searched, he said.

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