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Fresh blast rocks Indian capital

The cinema blasts occurred within minutes of each other

One person has been injured in an explosion in the Indian capital Delhi - just hours after two bomb attacks on cinemas showing a controversial film.

The blast occurred when a man opened an abandoned handbag near a railway crossing in eastern Delhi, police said.

One person was killed and at least 49 injured in blasts at two cinemas were showing a film criticised by Sikh leaders for denigrating their faith.

Officials say they do not know who was behind the apparently linked blasts.

Authorities began to shut all cinema halls across the city following the blasts and security forces in the capital were put on high alert.


The latest blast occurred in the residential district of Nand Nagri at about 0545 local time (0015 GMT), police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital with face and arm injuries.

Police sealed off the area and launched an investigation.

India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil, meanwhile, said all the people wounded in the cinema blasts were being treated in hospital.

"The injuries to the people are not life threatening, and they are out of danger," the minister said.

The two explosions occurred within minutes of each other, causing panic among the cinema goers.

Film protests

The film, Jo Bole So Nihal, was withdrawn from theatres across the largely Sikh state of Punjab last week, following protests.

The highest decision-making body of the Sikh religion said the title misused a battle-cry.

The film was showing for the first time in Delhi this weekend.


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This is really sad that innocent people were harmed, and one even died. I truly hope whoever is responsible is caught and punished. I also hope it was not some stupid Sikh responsible, as it would only make things for all Sikhs worse (besides just a movie, no need to blow things up).

P.S. I'm not saying a Sikh did this, I'm just hoping it wasn't.

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looks like a bit of a set-up

I think so as well.

Here are recent developments:

LeT militant arrested in Delhi after blasts

New Delhi, May 23: An LeT militant was arrested in the national capital shortly after twin bomb blasts in two cinema halls here last night, police sources said today.

Mohammad Irshad was nabbed in Safdarjung area by the special cell which is investigating the blasts in the movie theatres, the sources said.

However, it was not clear whether he was involved in the explosions.

A third explosion took place in Nand Nagri area of North-East Delhi this morning, injuring one person.

The blast came shortly after the explosions in two cinema halls in the national capital last evening which killed one person and injured over 50. Both halls were screening the Sunny Deol-starrer 'Jo bole so nihal', which has met with protests from the Sikh community.

Bureau Report


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'A Conspiracy To Defame Sikhs'

Were the twin blasts motivated by a view to disrupt the screening of Jo Bole So Nihal or was it just a ploy to spread terror with an intent to point the finger of suspicion at the protesting Sikh groups? Updates


While the controversy over the Sunny Deol starrer Jo Bole So Nihal had a horrific fallout last night in the form of the twin blasts at the two cinema complexes, where it was being screened, in New Delhi which claimed an innocent life and left over 70 injured, it is still not clear whether the perpetrators of the blasts were motivated by a view to disrupt the screening of the film or whether it was just a ploy to spread terror with an intent to point the finger of suspicion at the protesting Sikh groups.

It was after a gap of eight years that Delhi was rocked by a string of blasts on May 22, Sunday. Though no outfit has claimed responsibility and the Delhi Police's anti-terrorist wing's Special Cell is investigating the incidents. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the supreme body managing Sikh shrines in the country, on Monday alleged the twin blasts were a 'conspiracy to defame Sikhs'.

A chronological look at the events so far:

Before May 13: Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) protested against the film calling it an insult to the Sikh religion, and took objection to the title of the film which invokes the Sikh prayer slogan "Bole So Nihal" and that "skimpily clad girls" featured in the posters along with Sunny Deol, who plays a Sikh constable in the film.

May 13: Jo Bole So Nihal released in theatres.

May 15:

Following an Akal Takht order, the SGPC forms a 15-member panel to review the objections raised against the film. The SGPC had earlier asked Central Board of Film Certification to impose a blanket ban on the release. It alleged that the film insulted sensibilities of the Sikhs.

I.P.S. Chadha, the producer, agrees to a special screening for the SGPC. "We are ready to organise a special show for the SGPC delegation and although we have already removed all scenes objected to by the Akal Takht's delegation, we will entertain any objection of the SGPC." Chadha claims there is nothing in the movie, which goes against the sentiments of Sikhs and Sikhism.

Five Sikh organizations announce their action programme and resolve to stop the screening in case the Punjab government did not do so by May 19. Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A), Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, Khalra Mission Committee and Sikh Students Federation blame the Akal Takht jathedar, Gyani Joginder Singh Vedanti, for allegedly conniving with the distributors of the film. Ludhiana traders had released cell-phone recordings of the jathedar in which he is heard giving his assent to the film screenings. The jathedar denies the reports.

The main thrust of those protesting is that since the film is not religious then why was the title a holy slogan of the Sikh prayer. Another aspect that came up for criticism was glorification of the Punjab Police.

May 17

The Shiromani Akali Dal demands an immediate ban saying the film had "misused" the Sikh community slogan. "The producer of the film has misused the holy Sikh community slogan (Bole So Nihal)," says SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal.

Sikh protestors in Kanpur stage a demonstration in front of a city cinema hall and tear posters of the film.

The Kashi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee flays the film for "hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community by 'loosely' invoking its slogan".

May 19: A meeting of the SGPC committee resolves that the screening should be stopped till it is finally approved by it. SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur says

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