The 1998 Coimbatore bombings occurred on Saturday, February 14, 1998, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 46 persons – 35 men, 10 women and one child – were killed and over 200 injured in 13 bomb attacks in 11 places , all of them within a 12 km radius, 4 bombs were planted at R S Puram area, two near Bus Stand, 1 near Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and at Ukkadam area. It was told that these car bombs were the work of Muslim fundamentalist group “Al Umma” which had a strong presence in Coimbatore.
The bomb blast also had strong political implications. The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate C. P. Radhakrishnan won by a record margin of over 1,00,000 votes in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections.
THE final report of the Justice P.R. Gokulakrishnan Commission of Inquiry, which was set up by the Tamil Nadu Government to inquire into the causes of and circumstances that led to the serial bomb blasts in Coimbatore on February 14, 1998, is a stinging indictment of the Coimbatore police. The report says that “it is definite… the lapse on the part of the police personnel, deputed for surveillance and checks, in discharging their duties more vigorously, vigilantly and intelligently” enabled the Al-Umma “terrorists to execute their dastardly plan of planting bombs” that killed 50 persons and injured 200.
Now at MADURAI, Tamilnadu Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani will continue his Jan Chetna Yatra on Friday 28-10-2011 , but possibly with a minor change in the route after explosives were found under a bridge at a village near here, the party said.
A crude 6 feet long pipe bomb was found under a bridge at Alampatti village on the outskirts of Madurai city hours before Advani’s janchetana yatra was to pass through.
Local people discovered the pipe bomb, filled with some sort of explosive material with long wires jutting out and informed the police. The bomb was removed and police carried out extensive searches along the route.
Advani’s Jan Chetna Yatra, aimed at fighting black money and corruption, started on Oct 11 and will end on Nov 20.
I am now going to tell the short description of incident occurred in Kovai on 14-2-1998 at the venue of a public meeting when Advani was scheduled to address.
Let us all fight against black money and corruption in India without any religion or caste feeling.