Mumbai Is Ripped Apart!
- [The series of seven, or eight(?), pretty powerful
bomb blasts that hit Mumbai hard with cruel precision
is by all accounts an act of unmitigated fiendish
It is clear as daylight that it is no desperate
response of disgruntled individual(s).
That the first class general compartments of the
Western Rail at peak evening hours were made the
primary targets tells its own tale. (Mumbai has three
major arterial rail services: Western, Central and
Harbour. The Western one serves the most affluent
The perpetrators of such heinous crimes, and their
masterminds, have to be identified and swiftly brought
But any act of mindless reprisal against another set
of uninvolved individuals, for the sole crime of
belonging to a religious community to which the
suspected criminals may belong, would just not be as
obnoxious but also pretty foolhardy as well.
It'd only make the task of the real criminals to cover
their tracks far easier. Not only that, it'd also tend
to swell the ranks of potential criminals by
engendering intense helpless rage seeking outlets in
It does not behove the BJP to charge that the 'soft'
policy of the UPA government is responsible for a
spurt in 'terrorism'.
One must not forget that it is under their regime the
Kargil war took place as they miserably failed to
detect in time sizeable intrusion from across the LoC
in Kashmir. It is under their regime, the Red Fort and
the Indian Parliament House, and also the Kashmir
Assembly came under armed assault. It is under their
regime, the Akshaydham Temple in Gandhinagar - at the
heart of "Killer" Modi land, became the site of a
prolonged bloody gun battle.
Only a sensible inclusive policy promoting a sense of
belonging in all sections of Indian citizenry will
lead to the isolation of the perpetrators of such
bloody heinous crimes.
The cynical attempt of the BJP leadership to fish in
troubled water by deliberately muddying it is just not
condemnable but downright dangerous as well.]
Death toll in India train bombings now 131
By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer 4
Seven bombs hit Bombay's commuter rail network during
rush hour Tuesday evening, killing at least 131 people
and wounding more than 300 in what authorities called
a well-coordinated attack. India's major cities were
put on high alert after the blasts, and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh called an emergency Cabinet meeting.
Chaos engulfed the crowded rail network in India's
financial capital following the blasts that ripped
apart train compartments as authorities struggled to
treat the wounded amid heavy monsoon downpours. Doors
and windows were blown off the train cars, and luggage
and debris were strewn across the tracks.
An Indian news agency report put the death toll at
"We are busy in the rescue operation. Our first
priority is to rescue the injured people," he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the
bombings, which came in quick succession a common
tactic employed by Kashmiri militants that have
repeatedly targeted India's cities.
A senior Bombay police official, P.S. Pasricha, said
the explosions were part of a well-coordinated attack.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra
state, where Bombay is located, said bombs had caused
all seven blasts.
Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters that
authorities had had some information that an attack
was coming, "but place and time was not known."
The first explosion hit the train at a railway station
in the northwestern suburb of Khar, said a police
officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
India's CNN-IBN television news, which had a reporter
aboard one train, said a blast struck a first-class
compartment as the train was moving, ripping through
the compartment and killing more than a dozen people.
Some of the injured frantically dialed their cell
Another CNN-IBN reporter said he had seen more than 20
bodies at one Bombay hospital.
The Press Trust of India, citing railway officials,
said all the blasts had hit first-class cars.
Pranay Prabhakar, the spokesman for the Western
Railway, said all train service had been suspended and
appealed to the public to stay away from stations in
The bombings in Bombay came hours after a series of
grenade attacks by Islamic extremists killed eight
people in the main city of India's part of Kashmir.
Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan in war
after they gained independence from Britain in 1947,
and they fought another full-scale conflict over the
region in 1965.
But even as the two nuclear rivals have talked peace
in the past two years, New Delhi has continued to
accuse Pakistan of training, arming and funding the
militants. Islamabad insists it only offers the rebels
diplomatic and moral support.
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