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7/11 toll 190 as Mumbai limps back to normalcy

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india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 13:23 IST

The toll in the serial blasts that rocked the metropolis rose to 190 on Wednesday as the city showed signs of limping back to normalcy.

Police said 190 persons were killed and another 625 injured in the blasts that took place in first class compartments of trains at Mira-Bayandhar, Jogeshwari, Mahim, Santacruz, Khar, Matunga and Borivli on the Western Railway on Tuesday.

Authorities have declared that all schools and colleges shall remain open today indicating that the situation in the city was well under control.

The municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai has waived off cremation charges to cremate bodies of the victims of the blasts.

Police said high grade explosive material was used in the blasts but the exact nature of the explosives was yet to be established.

Railway officials said that servises on the Western Railway, that were suspended following the blasts have been restored after the damaged overhead electrical lines and signalling system were repaired during the night. The trains in this sections were, however, running 15 to 20 minutes behind schedule.

Terror Tuesday

Unlike the 1993 blasts, aimed at the city’s institutions, 11/7 was meant to hit the people who represented the face of globalising Mumbai.

The bombs -- in all probability improvised explosive devices, the choice of terror groups in the past 10 years -- exploded mostly in first-class compartments ferrying professionals and businessmen during the evening rush hour.

Terror in Mumbai

The first bomb exploded at 6.15 pm at Bandra station, followed by one on a train pulling out of Mahim station.

All the stations hit (Matunga, Mahim, Bandra, Khar, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Mira Road) are strung along a 60-km stretch of the western commuter line. These are among the city’s affluent suburbs --  home to bankers, businessmen, entertainment moguls, actors and other upper-middle-class professionals.

Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy said investigations were on to zero in on the terrorist outfit responsible. Preliminary reports suggest the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The police are probing possible links between the blasts and the seizures of radio-enabled detonators in Mumbai in March and a huge consignment of RDX in Aurangabad in May. They had busted two suspected modules of the Lashkar following the seizures.

The bombings drove Mumbai to the edge. As the western line ground to a halt -- something even the monsoons could not do this year -- roads jammed, mobile networks collapsed and panic-stricken commuters walked home by the thousands in driving rain.

The blast sites were filled with gruesome scenes. Dazed and bloodied survivors struggled to come to terms with what had happened. Bodies and limbs were strewn everywhere. One first-class compartment was compacted into a solid block, the people inside crushed.