Another jolt for Indian expats

DUBAI — The Indian expatriate community that was beginning to recover from the news of serial blasts in Bangalore on Friday got another jolt when the serial explosions occurred in Ahmedabad yesterday claiming several lives.

By Riyasbabu (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Mon 28 Jul 2008, 1:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 17 Apr 2023, 8:52 AM

Telephone lines were clogged soon after the serial blasts in Ahmedabad people in Dubai struggled to make calls to the cities in Gujarat to know the welfare of the near and dear ones.

Prominent Dubai-based businessman Bharatbhai Shah, who hails from Gujarat, expressed shock over the incident and blamed the inefficiency of Indian government to safeguard the security of its citizens.

"My wife was in Ahmedabad until yesterday morning. Soon after I came to know about the blasts I called my family and was relieved that they were safe," he said.

Shah said that it is high time the Indian government acted to curb terrorists attacks.

B.K. Shah, Managing Director of Shareefi Brothers Trading Company in Dubai, was tense until he could connect with his sister and brother-in-law on telephone, but heaved a sigh of relief after getting to know that they were safe.

Shah said three blasts in Mani Nagar took place near sister's house. "It was a difficult moment. All the family members remained locked in the house. It was a scary situation," he said.

Rajendra Kumar, a native of Ahmedabad, said, "I was shocked after hearing the news of the blasts. I was worried about my family and called them immediately."

Condemning the inefficiency of the government to prevent the recurrent bomb attacks in Indian cities, Indian businessman Sunil Bhatia said that this was a serious problem.

"This is a serious security threat for India. This is an effort to destabilise the communal harmony in the country, but I strongly believe that Indian citizens realise this malicious attempt."

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