Pune Sannyasin Hang-out suffers Terrorist Outrage

Nine Persons reported killed in Terrorist Attack near Osho Resort. Sannyasin hang-out of German Bakery under attack

Explosives planted in bakery frequented by western sannyasins

In a major terror strike after the November 26, 2008 carnage in Mumbai, nine persons including four foreigners, all women, were killed and over 40 injured in a bomb blast which ravaged the famous German Bakery on North Main Avenue in Pune’s Koregaon Park near the Osho Ashram around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday. Unofficial figures put the number of injured at 50.
The bodies were charred beyond recognition.
An eyewitness who was travelling in an autorickshaw said he heard a loud explosion and blacked out. Another eyewitness said bodies were scattered and more than 10 were seen at the site. Four shops were damaged near the bakery, which has been there for 22 years.

The bag containing the bomb was said to be under a table, according to one account, and a waiter is said to have tried to open it. This caused the explosion which devastated the bakery, located near both the Pune Resort and the Jewish Chabad House.

Sources said the bakery was close to a hotel where Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley had stayed while visiting Osho Ashram.

The Indian Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has also reached Pune, apart from forensic experts. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will reach there by Sunday.

The blast has sent shockwaves in Pune, prompting a high alert in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra. The police have been asked to look out for unattended baggage.

Joint Commissioner of Police Rajendra Sonawane said that prima facie it looked like a bomb blast.

Congress city president Abhay Chhajed confirmed the number of deaths. “I myself have seen six bodies at the Sassoon Hospital. There are more at other hospitals.” He said the injured had been taken to Ruby Hall, Jehangir, Budhrani and Sassoon hospitals in the city.

The bakery is a popular spot with sannyasins. Six or eight of the injured are said to be foreign nationals.

Mr. Chavan has announced ex gratia payment of Rs. 1 lakh to each of the families of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 for the injured.

Security for the Indian and South African cricket teams has been tightened. The second test match is beginning in Kolkata on Sunday.

Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi said: “I appeal to the people of Pune to be calm. Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe, who is at the site, has confirmed to me that it was bomb blast. Further details are awaited.

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29 Responses to Pune Sannyasin Hang-out suffers Terrorist Outrage

  1. shantam prem says:

    No foreigner killed in Pune blast: Pillai
    (ndtv)

  2. Punam says:

    What an ugly happening to bring back memories of that particular corner of Koregoan Park. The reports say the German Bakery has been there for 22 years; more like 32 years isn’t it? I remember it from ’79/80.
    Our biggest fear in those days was the Hindu fanatics who threatened to attack the Ashram with a crack team of martial arts combatants. At least there could have been a fair fight had that ever occured!
    Amongst the ruins of the German Bakery in the news i see a picture of Osho standing there. I wonder what he would say in discourse about this event. I do miss his fearlessness

  3. I was 10 February 2010?

  4. It was 10 February 2010?
    Give please correct time of terract!

  5. shantam prem says:

    Punam, you have mentioned about what most of us miss, “His fearlessness.
    So much has happened in the last 20 years, the biggest threat called Talibanism of all kinds(imposing one´s own value system over others, with force or power but without any logic and discussion) has become a part of our daily life and in spite of all the media beaming news and views 24×7, there is not a single one among 6.5 billion of us, who can dared to say Truth but truth and nothing else.

  6. prem martyn says:

    Dammit..the reunion of old Poona Oregon therapists and some former girlfriends was postponed.So they missed the ‘encounter group’ at the German Bakery.

    I just cant understand how a bunch of sheep burning zealots want to hurt those who come from the bourgeois ghettoes of suburbia , whose non-representative governments burn and maim in the name of democracy.
    I mean its been part of our western tradition to move across third world slums in search of our awareness and the odd bit of pussy, contributing to the social fabric of Love seekers by sponsoring a multi million pound unaccountable resort whose insertion into the micro credit economy of the poor and disposessed of koregaon park amounted to lots of rickshaw rides and buildings built by half starved bandy legged women covered in cement.
    Even Tescos has to build social housing when they ask for supermarket permission in the UK. But in India you just need to be white and loaded.
    The Gap between rich and poor in India/Middle East/ IS a religious/ economic issue. Sannyassins have never gone beyond the they killed our Osho debate politically. Preferring to venerate the Glitzerati of Bollywood. et al. Stand outside any five star Indian hotel, and watch the misery camped in the gutter,then see if u can justify 700 rupees a day looking for tits or cock in the Bourgeois Osho resort filled with real ‘Rebels’.

    Nobodys to blame for this we all are.Try more social justice and less meditation.
    Maiming isn’t the answer neither is capitalist manipulation and outrage.The stakes just went up, what are we gonna do build secuity police controlled bunkers Brazilian style against the great unwashed?

    Liberation theology never blamed the disposessed, for outrages but attempted to empower ‘the natives’.See the history of Central and South America for the results of years of rage against the machine.
    And yes the Zealots are Nazis, but that really doesn’t help does it? It just polarises the fear.

  7. prem martyn says:

    Look back over the Osho people’s democratic press department peak issues..and..we recently have …meera recently says how marvellous it is to feel marvellous ever since the last time she felt marvellous this really is the most marvellous that she has felt…becos it really is marvellous how marvellous everything is.
    Page 3.
    The very important ex Prime Minister who is really very wise and old recently said how great a load of nice thoughts were. At the recent garden party held in his honour Manmohan Samosa Batterjee Gupta said I really am very funky we called our rabbits OSh and Gosh in honour of our dear friends at the ashram.
    His wife Mumtaz Chapatis (and very good biryanis )recalled how funky her husband was.

    The ex Prime Minister is 157.

  8. prem bubbie says:

    What is incredible is that one group on the terrorist watch list(Osho International and friends) is trying to protect itself from other terrorists!!! What a twist !! I was thinking that the resort masters might look for help from the Indian intelligence service or maybe the CIA or MI-6, but then again why should they help another official terrorist organization? I say “official” because that designation by the western govt’s that Osho Inc. is a terrorist organization is ridiculous!!! BUT, that’s the price I guess for playing dirty in the past, with the wrong people. Yet the dirty play continues but no one wants to admit it….Right Anand, Shantam… get a grip

  9. prem bubbie says:

    Shantam, didn’t sheela do that in oregon, trying to impose her value system forcefully on others. I was a coward, I was too wrapped up in my own enlightenment cause and look the other way when I knew that Sheela was an evil person doing evil things, I didn’t know the details, then you didn’t have to, just being around her and her gang was enough to know she had to go!! yet
    I was too caught up within myself to say anything…. This is my admission, and I’m sure everyone living there can admit the same. Now we have Shantam Prem ..Great defender of the faith along with her anus pal, Anand, the typical capitalist , who meditates an hour a week a most and then “sticks it” to the little guy while at work…just to fill his pockets with dream makers…. giving us lectures on how others are corrupt and extreme and want to force us into their value system, with violence…. blah, blah, blah Can you recite that junk in front of a mirror, before it cracks that is… from the hypocrisy waves … those are waves that roar from peoples mouths that are more destructive than any earthquake, destroying millions of lives in it’s wake…. It’s safer to recite from “Mein Kampf”, try that instead.

  10. Punam says:

    I was too afraid to say anything Bubbie, thats the truth of it!
    I am still afraid.
    There’ll be other Sheelas.
    ( Flamin’ hell and strooth I don’t beleive I just said that!What a dingo! )

  11. How very sad to know that so many simple people just enjoying a honey-lemon-mint tea, a chai and a chat , a bit of la vida Cha-Cha-Cha, now have the physical and emotional scars to show that not everyone in this world can allow themselves to focus on love.
    My heart and healing goes out to the dead, their families and the injured and my compassion is once again tested as I try to comprehend the happenings.
    In love – on this day of international love and friendship.

  12. amano says:

    IT IS VERY SAD WHAT HAPPENED IN GERMAN BAKERY….. IT IS SAD BECAUSE I KNOW MOST OF PEOPLE WHO GO THERE TO EAT AND DRINK TEA OR COFEE WERE NICE AND IT WAS MEETING ;PLACE FOR THEM TO MEET THEIR LOVER AND BELOVED OR FRIEND.
    I MYSELF USED TO HANG OUT THERE AFTER EVENING MEETING AND OFTEN TAKE GINGER TEA AND WALNUT CAKE . AND ATMOSPHERE WAS EVEN BETTER IN BREAKFAST TIME. I HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES SOME SANYASINS CLOSING THEIR EYES AND DOING MEDITATION IN THE MIDDLE OF DAY DURING BUSY TIME. IT WAS VERY WONDERFUL PLACE . AND LEAST BUT NOT LAST , GERMAN BAKERY WAS HOME FOR MANY WHO CAN NOT ENTER RESORT AND THEY USED BAKERY FOR MEETING FRIENDS AND LEADING RIEKI EVENTS ……….ANYWAY PLEASE I AM LOOKING FOR ONE FRIEND , , WHO USED TO BE THERE OFTEN IN EVENING , HIS NAME IS SWAMI VARIDA, HE IS GERMAN NATIONAL , IF ANYONE HEAR ABOUT HIM, PLEASE COMMENT ,

  13. shantam prem says:

    http://www.otoons.com/death/nadia.html

    Italian Sannyasin who died in German Bakery Bumb blast.
    RIP

  14. prem bubbie says:

    Amano, I hope your friend is alright and not hurt… Thanks you Punam for your courage…. Now true growth can happen. Without coming face to face with all of those fears and the negative side in all of our minds, and all of that denying… meditation is a waste of time, but it’s your time, use it as you like… Stop the pretending….. Start the healing, start the growing.

  15. prem bubbie says:

    This disgusting act of violence can be one of two things to those of us lovers of Osho. Either it can be a zen stick to the head or another chance to avoid the truth. Sannyasins are also creatures of habit… and avoiding the truth has been THE game played in the past and still is by most… prove me wrong somebody!!!!

  16. prem bubbie says:

    There might be a chance for the loacal residents and merchants including the resort(they are merchants, by the way). to form what we call here in the states a “neighborhood watch”. the people get together and either volunteer and/or hire locals to stroll around and keep a mindful eye on things… Wow the local indian minister said people should report all unattended baggage. What a genius!!! how long did it take for him to come up with that one… It’s old news pal!!! The Indian clock does tick a lot slower than the rest of the modern world… shake off that dust from your brain, minister and get hip, get with the program!!! GEEZZZZ!!!!! And i thought the hillbillies here were slow!!! Anymore bright ideas, minister? What’s that? You’ve got to go to the resort to meditate first? Just flash your badge they’ll send you right in without any security check, cause you’ve got clout!!! I would think with all of those billions of dollars Jayesh has, he could really create not only a safe “Resort” but a safe community as well.. Too cheap I guess to care.. he doesn’t even care to provide SAFE, clean water for visitors to drink.. Free water that is, expensive bottled water is quite pure… Gotta, squeeze them for all they got!!! And the “stupid”, needless drama continues at Club Med(itation).

  17. prem bubbie says:

    thank not “thanks” and local not “loacal”….. my dyslexia is taking a little longer to shake off today… got to go into my backyard and do some tree swinging , that’ll help.

  18. amano says:

    italian sanyasins who died , her name was NADIA MACERINI, she was always on facebook and it was sad to read on her wall , she loved to be in pune so much . in her facebook posting , you can see how much happy she was in india .not knowing that something like that could happen. A tragady

  19. Sarvo says:

    I am very sorry about what happened in Pune, in the German Bakery. It is a shame. Does somebody knows about the Indian Swami Amano (Rajendra Kalokhe). He used to be in German Bakery,when I was in Pune in 2005 and before.
    Ma Anand Sarvo, Berlin, Germany
    anandsarvo@hotmail.de

  20. joye says:

    strange to see those pictures on the web, i know gb since 10 years now, i wonder how this attack will affect the resort.

  21. sw.nirav chaman says:

    sorry but at the place where G.B is was a restaurant called Kit Cat in 89 just so we are cleare love Chaman

  22. chetna says:

    Our friend went to meet Nadia that day and believe it or not could not find her (she must have been late or went to the loo), so he left German Bakery. In a few minutes an explosion! He heard it as he was walking….and ran back to see the tragedy…

    Life is a mystery, everyone has their own timing…

    What is not clear for me why German Bakery? First of all it is not a RESTAURANT but hardly a cafe for weird people. In the even it is full of prostitutes and drug dealers. It cannot be a tourist place, common.

    Very strange!

  23. frank says:

    yes chetna, gb is not in the same league as oberoi mumbai or taj hotel,for sure.
    maybe the guy was supposed to do the chabad house or the resort,but he bottled it and did the gb out of desperation.

  24. shantam prem says:

    I hope when German Bakery is allowed to open again, it must be ensured that it has x nos. of CCTv Cameras in its compound.
    Without doubt German Bakery was one of the softest target for the terror creators. I cannot imagine any other place in Maharashtra where so many young Indians on their first job and westners for their crash course on spirituality sit hip to hip in a congested atmoshphare.
    One really wonders why the owners who have milked hell of the money from this gheto kind of shop did nothing about the preventive security other than one guard taking care of dogs, beggers and moter bikes.

  25. Miss Marple says:

    Well. What did you expect? Barb wire? Guards with semi-automatic riffles? Dobermans? Serbian Bouncers? It’s a third world country.

  26. Chaitnayo Mahima says:

    Thanks Prem Martyn — I really LOVED what you had to say — extremely to the point. LOVE