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Friday, July 15, 2011

Mumbai attacked again, 3 blasts in Dadar West, Zaveri Bazar and Opera House, killed 19

Terror struck Mumbai again when three serial blasts in crowded areas killed 18 people and injured 113. The blasts took place in Dadar (West), Zaveri Bazar and Opera House.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Aroop Patnaik said it was a terror strike. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister P Chidambaram to extend all possible help to the families of the dead and the injured.

MARCH 12, 1993 Blasts at 13 places kill 257 people, injure 713
DECEMBER 6, 2002 Twenty-five injured when a bomb explodes at Bombay Central railway station
JANUARY 27, 2003 Thirty hurt in a blast at a shopping complex outside Vile Parle station
MARCH 13, 2003 Eleven people killed and 65 injured in a blast in a ladies special train
AUGUST 25, 2003 Twin blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazar kill 46 and injure over 160
JULY 11, 2006 Seven blasts at 7 locations in local trains across Mumbai left 181 dead
NOVEMBER 26, 2008 164 killed in terror attacks

ATS registers three cases and starts probe in Mumbai blasts

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday registered three cases in connection with the serial bombings that left 18 people dead and 131 injured. "
ATS chief Rakesh Maria told reporters, ATS has taken over the probe and 12 joint teams of ATS and crime branch have been formed and we are being closely assisted by Central agencies. This case is being taken up on priority".

The maximum casualty in the last evening's terror attack was witnessed at Opera House where 10 people were killed. Seven persons died at the explosion at Zaveri Bazaar, the police officer said.

The third blast took place in Dadar. "Samples have been taken from the blast sites. Forensic experts are sifting through the debris for more evidence. It is too early to say anything regarding the kind of explosives used," he said, adding all angles will be probed.

The ATS chief requested people not to indulge in rumour mongering. "Even this morning there were rumours about six unexploded bombs being found in the city. We request people not to believe in such rumours and assist the administration in maintaining peace.

The BJP and Shiv Sena protests against Mumbai blasts

The BJP and Shiv Sena organised protests in the city on Thursday to denounce the serial bombings in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The BJP, under leadership of city unit chief Vikas Mathkari and MLA Girish Bapat, organised a silent protest at Savarkar memorial on Karve Road. "Since 1993 this is 14th terrorist attack in Mumbai. All citizens in the country are with the government to fight terrorism," Mathkari said. He also denounced Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's alleged statement on the Mumbai balsts.

The Shiv Sena organised a separate protest at Mandai. Sena leader Sham Deshpande said that the Pune people firmly support the Mumbaikars in their hour of crisis.

The BJP state unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar said in a press statement that the government should firmly tackle the terrorism menace and that the entire country stands united to combat terrorism.

Opposition parties have organized protests in Western Maharashtra also.


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