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Crowds charged up on night of attack

Crowds charged up on night of attack

Author: Jaimini Rao
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: September 26, 2002

The Akshardham temple is visited by thousands of devotees from all over the country everyday.

When terrorists attacked the temple on Tuesday, the large crowd created chaos outside the temple premises, while inside, the cross-firing between security forces and the terrorists went on for hours. While the attack should have created a sense of fear and anxiety among the crowd, this was not the case.

Relatives of those trapped inside camped outside the temple premises throughout the night. N. Natwarsinh, who was waiting outside the temple, told The Asian Age on Wednesday, "I am here since last night. I had come down to see the situation and stayed over. There were thousands like me waiting for some news of their kin." He said that citizens had gathered at night and were even shouting slogans like "Bharat Mata ki jai" and "Vande Mataram."

S.B. Yadav, an SRPF personnel who has been at the spot since Tuesday night condemned the charged atmosphere. "I feel the crowd was hindering us. We had to disperse the crowd which had become quite unruly," he said. A volunteer of the Swaminarayan sect, Ghanshyam Patel, said, "The people gathered outside were eager to help out. But we could not take their help fearing they may get hurt."

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