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Jul 27, 2008 at 12:27pm IST

Modi condemns blasts; calls for strength

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called an emergency cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar.

On Sunday, Modi had strongly condemned the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and said it is going to be a long-drawn war against terror.

"The Gujarat Government will put in all efforts to track down these terrorists and make sure that they are punished. We will pull out all the stops," Modi said.

"I wish to assure all that the state will continue on the path of development," he added.

Modi also urged the people to not panic.

"I appeal to the people pf Gujarat to remain calm and not let these terrorists be successful at instilling fear in us ," he said.

The Chief Minister also declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

"The enemies of the nation have today stained with blood the soil of Mahatma Gandhi's Gujarat. Terrorists have continued their war against India. But they will not succeed," Modi told journalists at a press conference after a late-night meeting with top police officials on Sunday.

"Killing innocent people is not only a crime but is a form of enmity with the humanity. All those who believe in humanity should prepare themselves for a long war," he said.

Asserting those responsible for the attack will be "hounded out," Modi, said the modus operandi of terrorists was the same as the previous ones in UP and Jaipur.

"I have spoken to the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) and the Home Minister (Shivraj Patil). There is a similar pattern in all recent terrorist attacks (in the country). There must be a mastermind operating behind them all," he added.

Modi exhorted the people of Gujarat to send a strong message to the terrorists by "quickening the pace of Gujarat's economic development".

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