Route that never broke
the business capital of India was once again rocked by serial blasts on July 11, 2006. There were 8 explosions in 8 local trains between 6.20 and 6.35 p.m. resulting in 190 causalities and more than 600 injured. After the 1993 serial blasts this was the severest terrorist attack in the country. There were eight explosions within 12 minutes between 6.21 and 6.33 in the local trains and railway stations. The first blast occurred at Kher o a train bound for Boriwali fram Churchgate between Santacruz and Kher station. All the explosions took place in first class compartments at a time when most of the service class people return home. All trains on the Western line route were suspended. A blast rocked Boriwali bound train in first class compartment. Blasts occurred at Meera Road, Jogeshwari, Bandra, Mahim and Matunga. All local phones including mobile service in the city were jammed probably due to the congestion in the system as anxious people tried to contact their beloveds. All the injured persons were removed to the nearby hospitals and doctors took no time to attend them. Police cordoned off all railway stations on the western line and strict frisking and checkup was carried out at the central and harbour stations of local trains. Mumbai police suspect the RDX may have been used in the serial blasts that claimed the lives of at least 190 persons injuring another 600 people or more. Samples from the blast hit trains have been sent for forensic examination and it would take some time to reach a definite conclusion. But there is probability that compacted low intensity explosive might have been used. It is, however, believed that there was a definite pattern in blasts and the entire operation was executed with great precession. The possibility of the involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba cannot be ruled out although the militant outfit has been quite prompt to deny its involvement. Keeping in view the modules operandi of the blast LeT could also...
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