Mumbai: Three explosions have taken place in Mumbai on Wednesday evening - two in South Mumbai at Opera House and in Zaveri Bazar and one at Dadar West, in central Mumbai. The Home Ministry has confirmed a terrorist attack and Mumbai is on high alert.
All blasts took place during rush hour and in crowded places.
Eyewitnesses said about 15 to 20 people have taken to hospital in Zaveri Bazar. Reports said six people had died in the Dadar blast, four in the Zaveri Bazaar blast. Government sources put the number of injured at 60.
One explosion, in a car at a bus stop in Dadar West, has been confirmed. A police officer said there might have been an explosive in a meter box behind a hoarding at Khau gali, a street filled with eateries at Zaveri Bazaar. The Opera House blast took place at Prasad Chamber.
An unexploded bomb has also reportedly been found in Dadar and a bomb disposal squad is working to defuse it.
Early reports said a police control room had received a call claiming that there were serial blasts in Mumbai.
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has rushed to Mumbai from Delhi to investigate and collect forensic evidence. The police have appealed for calm.
Zaveri Bazaar has been hit before - over 50 people were killed in twin blasts in 2002.
Malls, markets and other crowded places in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore are on high alert.
Sir, this is a highly condemnable and tragic incident. While agreeing to the fact that terrorism has become an International issue, one must accept that the state must provide security to its citizens. While the state agencies are looking into the perpetrator behind the blast, may I request you to consider in NHRC to
1.Consider supervising the entire process of medical and compensation process in a time bound manner.
2.The state must provide adequate compensation to the people who are dead and wounded.
3.The state must continue to provide best and free medical facilities to those who have lost their vital limbs or organs and rehabilitate them
The serial blast has shaken the entire nation and people in Mumbai in particular. People have lost faith in the state's ability to govern. This initiative of NHRC can help in re-establishing some credibility of state in people's mind.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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