The leak in security arrangements in Mumbai were again exposed on Wednesday when three bomb blasts occurred and claimed 18 lives leaving 133 injured. The injured have been admitted to several hospitals including the JJ Hospital, GT Hospital, KEM Hospital and St George’s Hospital.
With this the whole country has been put on high alert. The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad and the Mumbai police claim to have formed investigating teams to investigate the blast.
The Home Minister of India, Mr. P Chidambaram visited the blast sites and met Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan. The Home Ministry has confirmed the attack as a dastardly act on the integrity and peace of India.
The first blast is reported to have occurred at 6.54 pm in Zaveri Bazaar in South Mumbai. The next blast took only a minute later at Opera House, also in South Mumbai. And the final explosion was at 7.06 pm near Kabutarkhana at Dadar West in Central Mumbai.
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) has deployed a 7 member team from New Delhi to Mumbai. The blast site at Dadar is being inspected by an NSG squad.
The NIA (National Investigation Agency) is working hand-in-hand with the state ATS in connection with the blasts.
Some reports suggest it as the work of the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen(I-M) while others blame the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), whose only gunman, Ajmal Kasab, was captured by the Mumbai police for perpetrating the 2008 Mumbai attacks along with 10 other Pakistani terrorists who were ultimately killed in retaliation.
As it was Kasab’s birthday on July 13, doubts are being raised whether this fact had something in connection with the blasts.
Report by Bikram Singh Rana