Posts tagged ‘Mumbai Blasts 2011’

July 18, 2011

IM, Taliban join hands to target India?

New Delhi: In what may emerge as a big trouble for India, the Taliban is said to have joined hands with India-based terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

As per a report, Monday, the nexus was unearthed by investigating agencies while following leads after the arrest of key IM operative Danish Riyaz in June.

Danish’s emails have divulged details of the former being in touch with Haroon of Kolkata along with four other IM operatives, the report said. It has also revealed that the network spreads across other countries.

Not only this Haroon’s emails have revealed that ten people from India were to be sent to Pakistan and then Afghanistan for terror training, the newspaper quoted crime branch official as saying.

Haroor is said to be in touch with Taliban. The investigating agencies are now looking whether ten people were sent for terror training or not.

The investigating officials believe that Danish was in touch with some Gujarat youths as well. The sleuths are working to identify those local contacts.

However, the officials have refused to divulge more details about Danish citing sensitivity of the issue.

Earlier, reports claimed that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is looking into the possible involvement of an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, Abdullah alias Nata, in the terror strikes.

Officials of the Maharashtra ATS have got in touch with the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) and have sought details of railway passengers who travelled on the Kolkata-Mumbai and Kolkata-Kanpur route eight days before the blasts.

Abdullah is believed to be a close aide of IM co-founder Amir Raza. Raza has been on the run since the arrest of IM operatives in 2008.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra ATS are also looking into the possible involvement of IM’s Azamgarh module in the blasts. ATS officials have already discussed the same with a visiting Uttar Pradesh STF team.

So, far the Mumbai Police have interrogated more than 100 people, including former SIMI activists and aides of arrested or wanted IM suspects.

Also, over 100 phone numbers have been put under surveillance.


July 15, 2011

Will bring perpetrators to justice: PM Strongly condemning the “barbaric” bomb blasts in Mumbai, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that those responsible for the tragedy will be brought to justice and promised that his government will do everything to prevent such attacks in future.

“Perpetrators of the blasts shall be subject to the rule of law that they have sought to subvert. They shall be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice quickly,” Manmohan Singh said in a statement shortly after his arrival in the city accompanied by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Singh, who arrived here to take stock of the situation said, “I cannot find words to condemn the barbaric acts of terror that resulted in the senseless killing and injuring of innocent people in Mumbai yesterday. I understand the shock and outrage of the people of Mumbai. I share their pain, anguish and anger.”

The Prime Minister, while trying to comfort those affected by triple terror blasts, said, “I have come here in solidarity with the people of Mumbai,” while extending his “deepest condolences and sympathies to those who suffered in the terrible tragedy”.

Shortly after his arrival here, a security review meeting was held at the Mumbai airport, which was attended by NIA chief, ATS chief, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and all top officials of the state government.

Singh said he had asked Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to continue to coordinate their efforts and resources to “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators”.

After the review meeting, the Prime Minister held a meeting with top Congress leaders and discussed the situation in Mumbai in the aftermath of the blasts.

The Prime Minister and the UPA chief later visited Saifee and JJ hospitals, where a number of those injured are admitted.

Earlier in the day, Dr Singh had announced an ex-gratia assistance of Rs two lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs one lakh each for the seriously wounded from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The Prime Minister cancelled the scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet and decided to fly to Mumbai to take stock of the situation personally.

The Prime Minister also sought the cooperation of all citizens in this effort, saying “we owe this” to the grieving families.

He also assured the people that “the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future.”


July 15, 2011

Mumbai blasts: CCTV footage hold the key Investigators probing the deadly Mumbai blasts are pinning their hopes on close circuit television (CCTV) footage for clues, Friday.

Zee News has accessed CCTV footage from Zaveri Bazar and Opera House, the disturbing visuals show people running for cover and later helping those injured. All in all 23 CCTV cameras are said to have captured crucial images.

As per reports, one camera in Opera House has captured the images of the possible suspects. The footage shows three or four people talking on the phone for over an hour and a half at the same spot.

Moreover, a person carrying a bag is reported to have been identified as a suspect. He is seen moving towards a parked motorcycle and within seconds there is an explosion.

As the government has already confirmed that one of the bodies recovered from the Opera House site had an electric circuit on it, reports speculate whether it was the same person with the bag – possibly carrying the bomb – which exploded prematurely, killing him as well?

Importantly, the investigators have not rejected the possibility of the presence of a human bomb.

Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria said that investigating officials are thoroughly going through the CCTV footage obtained from the blast sites. “The volume is a huge and we are going through each and every footage,” he said, adding that it was too early to say whether a “human bomb” was used.

Clearly, the authorities don’t want to speculate on who could be involved in the attack.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said it was too early “to point a finger at any one group”.

All groups “hostile to India” are on the “radar” in the probe, he said. The minister revised the death toll to 18 including a person with a severed head from 21 which was put out in an official list released by the ministry. 131 (EDs Correct) persons were injured of whom 23 are in a serious condition.


July 14, 2011

President, VP, Sonia condemn Mumbai blasts Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and several other political leaders on Wednesday night condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that have claimed at least 21 lives and injured over 100.

“The President is grieved to know about the incident of blasts in Mumbai and has condoled the loss of lives in these blasts”, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said.

“The President wishes speedy recovery to those injured in the incident in Mumbai,” it added.

“Vice-President Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people causing numerous fatalities and casualties,” a statement from the Vice- President’s Secretariat said.

“Such acts are aimed at destabilising the nation,” he said and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and appealed to the people of the megapolis to remain calm and show a united front.

Singh, who is monitoring the developments related to the three explosions, spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and also to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

He asked Chavan to do whatever is possible to provide relief to the injured and the families of the deceased.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi condemned the dastardly act of terror in Mumbai and said such acts of cowardice would be dealt appropriately.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari condemned the Mumbai blasts in the strongest possible terms and asked the government to take a clear stand in setting up an effective anti-terror infrastructure.

BJP veteran LK Advani also spoke with Chidambaram to seek an update on the developments.

Condemning the multiple blasts, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said the terrorists wanted to prove that present Union government is “not capable” to contain them.

“I condemn the blasts which has thrown the challenge to humanists forces of the country,” Modi said.

“By triggering these blasts, nefarious elements want to prove that the present Central government is not capable to contain them and they have the strength to destroy the country,” he said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party also condemned the blasts and has requested the citizens of Mumbai to remain calm and help the agencies to maintain law and order.

“Citizens are advised not to touch anything unidentified and report suspicious and unclaimed goods to the police,” said Mahesh Tapase, spokesperson, NCP Maharashtra.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said the terror attacks deserved condemnation from all.


July 14, 2011

THREE BLASTS ROCK MUMBAI, 18 DEAD Country’s financial capital Mumbai was on Wednesday shaken by three powerful explosions, within minutes of each other, killing at least 18 people and injuring over 100 others in a grim reminder of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack.

The explosions took place at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House.

The first explosion rocked Zaveri Bazar, a popular jewellery market, at 6.54 pm and a minute later another blast shook Diamond Market near Opera House, a busy business area. The third blast ripped through crowded Kabutarkhana area in Dadar area at 7.04 pm.

Reacting to the incident, Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram said the quick succession of the blasts showed that they were a “coordinated attack by terrorists.”

He assured that all measures have been taken in the wake of the explosions in India’s commercial capital. The Home Minister, who reached Mumbai late night, also called for restraint and asked people not to panic.

“A National Security guard (NSG) hub is already in Mumbai. It has been put on high alert,” he said. One Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) team from Delhi and another one from Hyderabad are in the city to assist the Mumbai Police in the investigations.

UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security) told Zee News that NSG is on alert and its bomb-experts are helping the local police. “We have ensured Maharashtra police of all the help as and when they require,” he said.

The terror strike, which revived memories of the Mumbai attack that left 166 dead, coincided with the 24th birthday of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman in the carnage. Kasab has been sentenced to death.

No terrorist group so far has claimed responsibility but Mumbai police suspects the hand of Indian Mujahideen (IM). Sources also claimed that at least seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were used in the blasts, which were triggered using mobile phones.

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

“It is a terror act. It is quite obvious that some terror elements are involved in the attack. Zaveri Bazaar blast was carried out with use of IED kept in an abandoned umbrella,” Patnaik said.

All the injured have been admitted to nearby St Georges hospital, KEM Hospital, Saifee and JJ Hospitals with critical burn injuries.

The explosions struck the 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 concealed in an umbrella, the one in Dadar West was caused by an explosive device planted inside a Maruti Esteem car.

“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,” added Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik.

Police teams and fire brigades were immediately rushed to blasts sites, which were cordoned off for investigations. Teams of Maharashtra ATS were also rushed to the site along with dog squads.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also confirmed that IED were used in the serial blasts.

One more unexploded device was recovered from Dadar. According to the ACP, the police are probing a suspicious Tiffin box found near the blast site.

The Prime Minister also spoke with Maharashtra CM Chavan and Home Secretary discussed the situation with Mumbai DGP.

Following the blasts, a high alert has been sounded in major cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad and precautionary security measures are being taken by the local administration.

Mumbai police has issued two helpline numbers 022-22621983, 022-22625020 for more information related to blasts.