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Death, tears,agony in Pune hospitals
Pune, Feb 14 (IANS)
Published on 14 Feb. 2010 11:25 PM IST
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A German man frantically hunted for his wife while a group of students from Jharkhand mourned the death of three of their colleagues as hospitals here grappled Sunday with the horror of a deadly bombing that killed nine people and injured 57 people. The German man looked agitated as he first visited the Sassoon General Hospital, whose mortuary is holding all the nine bodies, six of whom have been identified as Indians. Three others remain unidentified. Police believe that one of them, a woman, could be a foreigner. The German refused to speak to journalists at the hospital complex, partly because he knew only a smattering of English and partly because he was desperate to go over to other hospitals to continue his search. One of the senior doctors, Deepa Lad, said the state-owned Sassoon Hospital received 18 injured from the German Bakery Saturday evening, of whom two were discharged quickly. Ten people were “discharged against medical advice” -- an official euphemism for those who insist on leaving hospitals although doctors feel they need further treatment. Six patients remain, including four Indians and one man each from Nepal and Taiwan. Six of the dead were brought to the Sassoon Hospital. The bodies of three others who died in the privately-run Inlaks Budhrani Hospital were also shifted to the Sassoon Hospital. “There are nine bodies in the mortuary,” said Lad. “The process of identification and post-mortem is on.” The engineering students from Jharkhand complained that they were fed up with the procedural delays at the Sassoon Hospital, where three of their colleagues lay dead. Two of them were young women. All of them were visiting Pune, said one of the students, while declining to give his name. “We are miserable. We never expected this to happen,” said the student, barely able to conceal his agony. “On top of this, our motorcycle too was stolen yesterday evening.” About 50 people, mostly locals, milled in the hospital complex, some of them wanting to know if they could help. A handful of policemen were busy with hospital procedures related to the bomb attack. US condemns Pune blast, offers help in probe New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS/PTI): The US condemned Sunday the terror attack in Pune and offered help in bringing to book the masterminds behind the bombing that killed nine people. In a message, the US ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer expressed “heartfelt sympathy” for the victims of Saturday’s bombing at the German Bakery, a popular haunt of Indians and foreigners. “The US remains shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terror and will assist as needed to help bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act to justice,” he said. Home Minister P. Chidambaram Sunday said that Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley, currently in US custody, had surveyed the area during his India visits in 2007-08. Chidambaram said that India had “not given up” its efforts to get access to Headley despite legal complications. Meanwhile the United States and Britain have asked their citizens in India to be on alert after a terror attack in a Pune eatery frequented by foreign nationals killed nine people. “American citizens are advised to be alert to the continued possibility of terrorist attacks in India,” the US embassy said Sunday in a message to its nationals in India. The message noted that the German Bakery in Pune where the blast took place Saturday evening was frequented by foreign nationals and was a “reminder that terrorists and their sympathizers are capable of attacking targets where US citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit”. Nine people were killed and 57 injured, including foreign nationals, when a bomb ripped through the popular German Bakery. The US embassy asked its citizens to “always practice good security, maintaining a heightened situational awareness and a low profile”. The British Foreign Office updated its travel advice within a few hours of the Pune blast, asking its nationals to “remain vigilant”. Stating that there was “high general threat” from terrorism in India, it pointed out that recent attacks have targetted public places frequented by Westerners and expatriates.

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