DNA | Last Modified - Jul 14, 2011, 05:35 AM IST
Mumbai: The feeling was sickeningly familiar when three bombs ripped through the city on Wednesday evening killing 21 and injuring 130. The figures are expected to rise. Exactly five years ago on July 11, a series of seven blasts on local trains on the Western line had killed 188 and injured 824.
Wednesday's mayhem started at 6.45pm when a powerful IED went off at the 3rd Agyari Lane, behind Bank of India's Bullion Exchange branch, near Khau Galli in Zaveri Bazaar. Investigations showed bombs fitted with timers were kept in a scooter and a bike, parked at a distance of 6-7ft of each other, outside a shop. At least seven people were killed and 17 injured.
Devendra Dagia, a jeweller from Zaveri Bazaar who was in his office when the blast took place, said he rushed out when he heard a loud noise. "Initially I thought it was a cylinder blast in one of the food stalls. Later I found out it was a bomb blast," he said. "The effect was such that the entire spot was strewn with body parts. The entire stretch of road was bloody. Many of the dead or injured are familiar faces."
Within 10 minutes another bomb went off in a lane next to the Pancharatna Building at 6.55pm. Investigations showed the bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked next to a Wagon R.
Jitendra Shah, a Bhayander resident, who works at a brokerage firm in Pancharatna building, said he could not feel anything after hearing the blast. "Initially I thought it was a cylinder blast; later I saw people lying on the floor and blood splattered everywhere," Shah said. "I and a few other people moved 10 bodies to hospital."
Exactly 10 minutes later, at 7.05pm, a bomb went off near a bus stop outside the Dr Antonio D'Silva School near Kabutarkhana, Dadar (West). The entire bus stop was ripped apart and a Maruti Esteem car passing by was damaged. The police said the motive was clear: maximum damage by targeting crowded areas. The modus operandi is typical of the Indian Mujahideen.