‘We know it’s a terror attack’
Zaveri Bazar, Mumbai’s big economic hub, is high on the terror hit list. This was the third blast there in two decades — the first two occurred in 1993 and 2003. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2011 00:03 IST
Zaveri Bazar, Mumbai’s big economic hub, is high on the terror hit list. This was the third blast there in two decades — the first two occurred in 1993 and 2003.
“Zaveri Bazaar is where some of the highest gold and diamond trading takes place,” said BJP leader Raj Purohit. “Terrorists attack where it hurts the most – the economic hub of the city.”
On Wednesday evening, a blast was the last thing on anyone’s mind. After all, the city has enjoyed a period of grace since the 29/11 attacks of 2008.
“We initially thought it was an LPG cylinder blast,” said Saiful. “I rushed out and realised it was a bomb blast,” added his brother Ahmed. The men live in a building close to the spot where the blast occurred.
The situation was no better at Opera House.
Chirag Vora, an employee at a diamond trading firm, was seated in his office near Pancharatna Towers when he heard the blast.
“The glass shattered and the diamonds I was examining went flying out of the weighing tray. Then I saw my right hand was bleeding from glass shards.”
Stunned and confused, he emerged from the building. Utter confusion reigned outside.
“Bodies were lying all around, about 20 of them, the whole area was engulfed in smoke,” said Kunal Mehta, another worker in a diamond trading firm. “A white car parked on the roadside was flung to the middle due to the impact.”
In Dadar, the city’s busiest commuter hub, Mahindra Sariya saw a woman’s hand get blown apart. “She screamed for help, then dropped to the ground,” he said, dazed.
The owner of an electrical appliance store opposite the Hanuman Mandir bus stop, where the explosive was kept, Sariya and his six staff members were cooped up in their shop for two hours after a heavy door pane blocked the shop entrance.
At Zaveri Bazar, Rajendra Bhopte, 32, had the last word. After witnessing three blasts at the same site and climbing trees to pick out body parts, Bhopte is a wiser man. “Whenever a blast occurs, people start by saying it’s a cylinder burst,” he said.
“But I never fall for that. In our heart of hearts, we always know it’s a terror attack.”