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TV Grab of Dadar bus stand after a blast in Mumbai. Three explosions were reported in south Mumbai's Javeri Bazar, Dadar in Central Mumbai and Opera House in Charni Road.
Terror Strikes Mumbai: 21 Killed, 141 Injured
  • Three explosions in  Zaveri Bazar 6:54 pm, Opera House 6:55 pm, Dadar 7:05 pm.
  • 21 killed, 141 injured as per union home ministry release of 11 P.M.
Terror struck Mumbai when three near simultaneous blasts ripped through crowded areas in the this evening killing at least 21 people and injuring 141 in a grim reminder of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said 21 people had died in the back-to-back explosions which struck in a span of 14 minutes, apparently aimed at causing maximum casualties during the peak hour.

Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram said the quick succession of the blasts showed that it was a "coordinated attack by terrorists."

All the explosions were triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), a Home Ministry official said, adding 141 were injured.

Of the 21 dead in the blasts, eight have been identified as Himmatbhai Kalubhai Gudiya (49), Lalchand Ahuja (45), Mohan Nair (46), Tushar Rameshchandra Shah (48), Sanjay Mehta (38), Sandip Champaklal Shah (38), Mohammed Darodia and Sunil Kumar Jain, a PRO of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation said.

14 Deadly Minutes

The first explosion rocked Zaveri Bazar, a popular jewellery market, at 6.50 pm and a minute later another blast shook the busy business area Opera House. A third blast ripped through crowded Dadar area in Central Mumbai at 7.04 pm.

The blast sites were splattered with blood as some bodies lay strewn around while cars and motorcyles were charred in the impact of the explosions in the country's financial capital.

The terror strike revived memories of the Mumbai attack that left 166 dead.

No group claimed responsibility but Mumbai police suspects the hand of Indian Mujahideen (IM). Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan declined to speculate on who could be behind the attack.

"It is a pre-meditated, cold-blooded murder of innocents," Chavan said asserting "we will get to the bottom of this." The chief minister said police have found "some clues" which were being followed up. They also have video clippings that can help in the investigations.

Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik said the blasts at Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar were of a higher intensity than the one at Dadar.

"It is a terror act. Quite obvious that some terror element is involved in the attack. Zaveri Bazaar blast exploded with use of IED kept in an abandoned umbrella," Patnaik said.

Giving the break-up of the toll, the Home Ministry said Saifee hospital reported 5 deaths, J J Hospital (1), Bombay Hospital (1), Harikishan Das hospital (5), G T Hospital (4), St George Hospital (1) and others (4).

Chavan said the blast at Opera House was the "most powerful". He appealed to people to maintain calm and not to get swayed by rumours.

The explosions struck this metropolis two days after the fifth anniversary of the serial train blasts here that had left 186 dead and 800 injured.

While the blast in Zaveri Bazaar was triggered through explosives planted in an umbrella, the one in Dadar West was caused by an explosive device concealed in a meter box of the electric cabinet of a BEST bus stop. Preliminary reports said that the explosives were kept inside a Maruti Esteem in the Dadar blast. Police late tonight said the blast at Dadar was of low intensity.

The umbrella was apparently used to camouflage the explosive during the downpour being witnessed in the city, in the bustling Khau Gali in Zaveri Bazaar, according to police commissioner Arup Patnaik.

The scene of the blast in Dadar is less than a kilometre from the headquarters of hardline saffron outfit Shiv Sena.

The Opera House blast took place at Prasad Chamber building where a loud explosion was heard around 6.45 pm and people ran helter-skelter in blood-soaked clothes with shards of glass strewn all over the area.

The blast at Khau Gali in Dadar, outside the `Mohanbhai' stall, left several mutilitated bodies lying in a pool of blood.

"The entire lane was splashed with blood...There were 4-5 mutilated bodies lying around and people were fleeing the spot in fear," said Vijay, a carpenter.

According to Jayant Patil, guardian minister for Mumbai, 29 injured were brought to Harkishandas hospital from Opera House of whom six were serious.

At St Georges hospital, co-director Pravin Shingare said of the nine admitted there one was in a critical condition, while among 19 admitted to GT Hospital one was serious.

Seven injured at Dadar have been admitted to KEM Hospital, while several others are undergoing treatment at Saifee and JJ Hospitals.

A 7-member team of CFSL from Delhi and another 5 officials from Pune reached Mumbai late in the night to assist in the investigations.

A 6-member team of NIA also reached Mumbai. NIA is already having a 7-member team in Mumbai

The city has been put on a high alert with pickets erected at several places, city police commissioner Arup Patnaik said.
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14/D-89
Jul 14, 2011
06:20 PM

There is no doubt that daud is supported by congress/NCP but the biggest responsible for this state of decay is maratha community who elect these traitors. Even in Bihar yadavs rejected Lalu but Maratha continue to support NCP. Cant they see the police under NCP has allowed to get bail all of dauds men. there are articles in Outlook and TOI about this. 

But it is no use these people dont read outlook.

Ramakrishnan2, NY
13/D-27
Jul 14, 2011
10:22 AM

Himmatbhai Kalubhai Gudiya ..    what a name !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
12/D-15
Jul 14, 2011
07:16 AM

Out goes the Scam stink; Anna Hazare and the Lokpal issue evaporate; and the media would now have no space or time for Maran, Sibal etc. The blasts have brought many such benefits. Did the blasters have more motives than the obvious?

R.Sajan, Kochi
11/D-14
Jul 14, 2011
05:33 AM

Yes, If Chidambaram is replaced by any XYZ, then that XYZ would put an end to all the terrorist activities!  India is a fertile ground for terrorism and all the big cities are easy targets, The  reason is  all the big cities like Mumbai, Delhi etc are so crowded, the people are so indisciplined and so impervious to be alert and watchful to any threats or dangers that it is no difficult a task for any terrorist to sneak in and carry out his destructive mission   Intelligence Agency alone can not keep track of the  terrorists in a country like India all the time. People also have to be watchful and hopelessly it is not there.

Samirajan, Portland
10/D-1
Jul 14, 2011
12:07 AM

People are paying heavy price for electing wrong people. Both, central home minister Chidambaram and Maharashtra home minister R R Patil, are extremely useless ministers.

Gurujee, Pune
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