A day after the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary, terrorists struck with a low-grade explosion at the evening Ganga Aarti in Varanasi that left a one-year-old girl, Swastika Sharma, dead and 35 injured, including four foreigners. The crude device went off at 6.40pm at the old Dasaswamedh Ghat just as the aarti had begun.
The Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the blast in an email sent from close to Link Road in west Malad in Mumbai. The group has said the attack was to avenge the Babri demolition. It also has attacked the Allahabad high court verdict on the Babri dispute.
The last terror strike was ten months ago when there was a bomb blast at the Pune German Bakery.