1. Mumbai Serial Bomb blasts – 1993
Mumbai has always been on the wish list of the terroroists and gangsters. On 12th march 1993, the city rocked by a series of bomb blasts. The tremors of the attack could be felt around India. This planned sequence of blasts is still considered as the deadliest attacks in India. Dawood Ibrahim, who ran the international syndicate of organised crime named D-Company, conducted this attacks. The explosions took place in Fisherman’s Colony in Mahim Causeway, Sahar Airport, Zaveri Bazaar, Air India Building, Plaza Cinema, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Century Bazaar,Worli, Katha Bazaar, Bombay Stock Exchange Building, Hotel Sea Rock, Passport Office. In all this, 257 people lost their lives and 713 were injured. Apparently, Sanjay Dutt’s name was involved in this Bombing. Lately, he made a fervent appeal to dissociate his name once and for all from the case.
“ I want to request and if you all agree to it I will be grateful and thankful.. I am not a terrorist. I have been acquitted by the TADA court in bomb blasts case and conspiracy. I was convicted under Arms Act and this has been declared by the Supreme Court as well ” – he said
2. Coimbatore Bombings – 1998
The incident took place in 1998 on Valentine’s day, an Islamist fundamentalist outfit named Al Ummah executed 12 bomb blasts at 11 separate locations in the South Indian city. LK Advani, who at that time was in the city in order to attend an election meeting, was the leading target of the attack. The blasts happened at the areas that were mostly owned by the Hindus. The terrorists also wished to harmonious situation in the city as well as the commercial progress it had achieved. 60 people lost their lives in the bombing and at least 200 were injured.
3. J & K Legislative Assembly Attack – 2001
On the first day of October 2001, a number of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the legislative assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. A car and three suicide bombers were used to carry out the operation at the Legislative Assembly Complex in Srinagar. The three suicide bombers and 38 others lost their lives because of the attack.
4. Indian Parliament Attack – 2001
Indian parliament is supposed to be the safest place in India but it also came under attack by 5 terrorists in 13th December 2001. The security forces however were able to prevent the much damage by killing the terrorists before they could get into the main building but it cannot take away the fact that they were able to get as far as they eventually did which can never be erased from the pages of history. The whole incident lasted for several hours and that time, there were at least 100 political figures in the parliament. Three parliament staff members and six police officers died in the incident.
5. Akshardham Temple Attack, Ahmedabad – 2002
Akshardham Temple in Ahmedabad came under attack of Ashraf Ali Mohammed Farooq and Murtaza Hafiz Yasin on 24th September 2002,. They were members of terror outfits: Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. On the very same day, they get into the temple at around 3 PM and carried weapons such as hand grenades and automatic weapons. Later on, indiscriminate firing started. However, NSG commandos were able to kill both of them by night. The authorities found a letter later on that stated this attack was a sort of retribution for the Gujarat riots of 2002. Approx 80 people were injured and 31 people lost their lives in the tragic incident.
6. Delhi Serial Bomb Blast – 2005
On 29th Oct 2005, couple of days prior to Diwali, three bomb blasts shook the national capital and also the entire nation. A terrorist organization based out of Pakistan, conducted the blasts. Two blasts took place at Paharganj and Sarojini Nagar, the main market areas in the city. The third blast happened inside a bus that was stationed in Govindpuri. The third blast was prevented because of the awareness of the passengers and conductor that saved the day somewhat. Immediately after seeing a suspicious bag, they started to unload the bus and this lessen the impact of the blast. However, the situation was rather grave in the marketplaces since it was the time of Dhanteras and there were too many people over there. 63 people passed away in the blasts and 210 people were injured in the same.
7. Mumbai Train Blast – 2006
It was 11th july 2006, seven blasts took place in the local trains of mumbai. The explosives had been planted in the first class coaches of the trains inside pressure cookers. After the investigation it was found that Indian Mujahideen, a banned terror outfit, was responsible for the blasts. The explosions happened near these suburban railway stations: Matunga Road, Jogeshwari, Mahim, Bhayandar, Bandra, Borivali, Khar Road. After the 1993 blast, this was the deadlist attcaks in mumbai in which, 210 people died and almost 715 people were injured.
8. Jaipur Blasts – 2008
13th May 2008, Jaipur was banged by a sequence of nine blasts that took place in just 15 minutes. However, the authorities were able to find the 10th bomb and disarmed it. This was turned out to be an eye-opener for this city, since they never seemed to be on the terror radar before this. Also, Jaipur happens to be one of the major tourist attractions in the country. In fact, one bomb exploded in the vicinity of the Hawa Mahal. Police reports and investigations revealed possible involvement of several Islamic militant outfits such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Student’s Islamic Movement of India. The blasts happened at six locations Bari Choupar, Tripolia Bazar, Manak Chowk Police Station Area, Choti Choupar, Johari Bazar, Kotwali Area. The blasts plotted in such a manner that wherever people ran for a safe place, the bomb exploded. 63 people died in the blasts and 210 were injured.
9. Assam Bombings – 2008
On 30th October 2008, a serial blast took place which also regarded as one of the most damaging of their kind to have taken place in India. The capital of Assam, Guwahati was the target this time around. There were total 18 blasts in different parts of the city leading to death of almost 81 people and 470 people were injured in the same. The major areas affected in the blasts were Barpeta Road, Kokrajhar, and Bongaigaon. The main market in the city was also targeted when it was heavily crowded by people. The authorities felt that it was the handiwork of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). In fact, as told to the-then Indian Prime Minister – Manmohan Singh – the army had got hold of a message that asked Guwahati to be attacked.
10. Mumbai 26/11 Terror Attack – 2008
Worst terror attack that India ever suffered which lasted for 4 days on November 2008. 10 terrorists entered the commercial capital of India from the sea way and started killing innocent people however and wherever they can. Terrorist captured Nariman house, Hotel Taj and Hotel Oberoi Trident. A part from that five more places were targeted – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, Metro Cinema and In a lane behind Times of India Office.
Out of 10, only one of the terrorist “Ajmal Kasab” were caught alive, others were killed in the encounters by the police and NSG Commandos. It was conceived by Hafiz Saeed, a well-known anti-Indian militant based in Pakistan and the head of Lashkar-e-Taiba, whose members accomplished the whole attack. In all, 166 lives were lost and 293 people were injured (including foreigners). This count includes Indian civilians, police officers and security personnel along with foreign national.
Rest in Peace to all those that lost their lives