India On Red Alert

Calcutta is shaken by blasts, but they are seemingly not linked to Bombay

FOR A FEW TENSE DAYS, IT SEEMED AS IF THE "Black Friday" bombings that had rocked Bombay on March 12 and killed 317 would proliferate. A U.S. intelligence report warned that New Delhi could be the next target. Then, just after midnight last Wednesday, a blast shook the center of Calcutta. Two 100- year-old tenement buildings collapsed into rubble. This time 86 people died. And again, on Friday, an explosion at a Calcutta train station killed four. Police, however, discounted a link with Bombay's synchronized explosions of 13 high-tech bombs, saying the first Calcutta tragedy was caused by the accidental detonation...

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