Home > News > PTI

Gujarat angle will be looked into: Shinde

July 29, 2003 15:45 IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss Monday's bus blast in Ghatkopar in Mumbai, said his government will try to find out if the recent blasts in Mumbai were in any way linked to last year's riots in Gujarat.

Recent bomb blasts in Mumbai:
Ghatkopar blast | Vile Parle blast | Mulund blast

Mumbai has seen four bomb blasts in the past seven months. The first in the series had occurred in Ghatkopar on December 6, 2002 killing two persons. The second took place on January 28, 2003 in Vile Parle, killing one person and injuring 25. The third, a much bigger blast, took place on March 14, 2003 in a local train at the Mulund Railway Station, and claimed 10 lives.

Ghatkopar, Vile Parle and Mulund have large Gujarati populations.

The chief minister said initial investigations point towards the involvement a lesser known terrorist group Al-Hadees in Monday's blast.

He said Al Hadees was formed by Students' Islamic Movement of India activists after the organisation was banned in the country.

Shinde said Al-Hadees is backed by Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
He said intelligence agencies have been put on a high alert to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Combing operations have been intensified across the state to flush out terrorists, he added.

The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Ministers of State for Home
Kripashankar Singh and Rajendra Darda, Director General of Police O P Bali and Police Commissioner R S Sharma.

List of Injured

Perpetrators will be punished: Shinde

Chaos, anger at Rajawadi Hospital

Chronology of bomb blasts in Mumbai since Dec 2002


Article Tools

Email this Article

Printer-Friendly Format

Letter to the Editor

Related Stories

Blast in Ghatkopar in Mumbai

Perpetrators will be punished

Mumbai blast: CM calls meeting

© Copyright 2003 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Copyright © 2003 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.