New Delhi: High alert has been sounded across eastern Uttar Pradesh following the three bomb blasts in Gorakhpur on Tuesday evening.
The Hindu Yuva Vahini has called for a bandh in the city on Wednesday to protest the attacks and police have tightened security at railway stations, bus stations, cinema halls and other public places.
Says a police officer, Suryakant Tripathi, "Security measures have been put in place. Strict checking is on across all cinemas, railway stations, bus stations. People are being urged not to listen to rumours and to report if they come across any unattended object."
The three blasts had taken place at Golghar, a central market in Gorakhpur, within a distance of 500 meters from one another at 10-minute intervals.
The 12 people injured in the incident are being treated at a local hospital. The crude bombs were placed in polythene bags and tiffin boxes on bicycles and motorcycles.
One of the injured persons said that the bombs had been planted in a black coloured motorcycle.
The police say the bombs were low-intensity explosives and were intended to cause a scare.
Says Gorakhpur Zone IG, Dilip Trivedi, "The bombs were not very powerful and therefore could have meant to simply cause panic."
Gorakhpur, a communally volatile town, was rocked by violent protests in January this year. That time, two people had died after a brawl between two guests at a wedding partry snowballed into riots between Hindus and Muslims.
Needless to say, the police are leaving nothing to chance to ensure today's bandh passes off peacefully.
(With inputs from Utpal Pathak in Gorakhpur)