For Mumbai's six million suburban commuters, an ominous question hangs in the air: where will the next bomb explode? Over the last three months, the city has been witness to four bomb blasts near railway stations. But the most recent attack on March 13—timed just a day after the 10th anniversary of the serial bomb blasts of 1993—was the most grisly. Eleven people were killed and at least 66 injured in a powerful explosion in a local train during peak-hour traffic at around 8.45 pm. The blast took place at Mulund station, an hour's distance from the city centre. Following the incident, a red alert has been declared in Mumbai.
With commuters being targeted for attack in the city's extensive suburban rail network, the police have a tough job at hand. Speaking to Outlook, deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal admitted, "It is difficult to keep a check on every package that is carried in trains. There are so many trains, millions of commuters and also several entrances and exits at stations—but we are doing our utmost." The police now promise to set up a new counter-terrorism outfit—Quick Response Team—and step up intelligence-gathering to prevent such incidents. The new team is expected to be 'operational' from next month.