Mumbai blasts: PM announces ex-gratia assistance for victims

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has announced ex-gratia assistance of two lakh rupees each to the next of kin of the deceased in Mumbai bomb blasts.

"The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has announced ex-gratia assistance of two lakh rupees each to the next of kin of the deceased in bomb blasts in Mumbai yesterday and the assistance for those seriously injured in the blasts is one lakh rupees," a Prime Minister's Office release said.

At least 18 people were killed over 130 others were injured in the three blasts that took place in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

The three serial blasts rocked Zaveri Bazaar, a popular jewellery market, the busy business area around Opera House and the crowded Dadar area of Central Mumbai between 6.45 p.m. and 7.04 p.m. (ANI)