It was literally a Black Friday. 12 March 1993, 12 blasts – one after another – rocked the commercial capital of India. The city had been hit by riots, only three to four months before, in the aftermath of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The serial blasts rocked a city that was trying to overcome the scars of a communal divide.
In the 12 blasts between 1:28 pm to 3:40 pm, 258 people were left dead and 700 injured.
Loss of Precious Lives
Here's How the Horror Panned Out:
Mumbai Stock Exchange Building, 84 dead, 217 injured
Narsi Natha Street (Masjid Bunder), 5 dead, 16 injured
Near Shiv Sena Bhawan, 4 dead, 16 injured
Air India Building, 20 dead, 87 injured
Century Bazar, 113 dead, 227 injured
Mahim Causeway, 3 dead, 6 injured
Zaveri Bazar, 17 dead, 57 injured
Sea Rock Hotel (Bandra), No Casualties
Plaza Cinema, Dadar, 10 dead, 37 injured
Juhu Centaur Hotel, 3 injured
Outside Sahar AIrport (Grenades Hurled), No Casualties
Airport Centaur Hotel, 2 dead, 8 injured
It was a bloodbath, and panic gripped Mumbai, even if it was only for a day. The next day, Mumbai limped back to normalcy and the Mumbai Police cracked the case in 48 hours. However, masterminds of the carnage, gangsters Dawood Ibrahim & Tiger Memon had already fled India.
The court trial went on for 13 years, 100 people were convicted. Nearly 22 years after the blast, Yakub Memon, the brother of Tiger Memon and co-conspirator, was hanged to death.
Video Editor: Mohd Irshad Alam