NRIs are shaken by Mumbai train blasts

DUBAI — Indians across the UAE have expressed their shock and horror at the serial blasts which ripped through the Mumbai suburban trains yesterday killing at least 100 people.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Wed 12 Jul 2006, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

As news about the blasts broke, there was speculation about the death toll. People from different parts of India, especially those hailing from Mumbai, started to call one another enquiring whether they had received any more information.

Several calls were received at the Khaleej Times office from residents who were panicky over the serial bomb attack in India's business capital. People across the UAE were watching television and listening to the radio for the latest reports about the blasts.

A cross-section of Indian community talking to this newspaper, branded the attack as a malicious terrorist act on the sovereignty of India.

Shyam, a resident of Dubai who hails from Mumbai said: "I was worried about my family when I got a call from a friend who informed me about the serial explosion in Mumbai train network. I tried to call home straight away but I could not get them on line. I was panicking for about an hour until I managed to talk to my brother. Thank god, they all are safe."

"This attack has sparked chaos again in Mumbai. The government and the security wings should act more efficiently to prevent such activities indulged in by terrorist groups. It is a shocking fact for all Indians that this kind of incidents keep repeating," he said.

Yesterday's attack reminded Sonu Bhattacharia, a resident of Sharjah, of the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993. "I was shocked to hear that a serial bomb attack took place in Mumbai yesterday. I had seen people covered with blood and bodies lying on the street after the blasts in Mumbai in 1993. It was a mind boggling experience for me,"

she recounted. "I could not handle myself again to be in such situation. The Indian government should take stringent measures to curb the terrorists," she added.

Sunil Krishnakumar, a resident of Dubai who hails from Mumbai said: "I was driving my car when I heard the radio report about the serial blasts. I was in a panic and called my family but the line was hung for a while. When I finally managed to talk to my mother, I felt relaxed."

"Mumbai is a vibrant city. This attack will create more chaos for the residents in the city. People feel insecure if terrorist attacks keep recurring," he noted.

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