Sunday, March 12, 2006

Black Friday 1993. Never forget.

Friday, 12th March 1993. Everyone in Bombay has a story for that day. Mine - A piece of paper stuck on a local train which simply read "Blood needed, please come to King George's Hospital."

Sunday, 12th March 2006. Cursory references in today's edition of TOI and HT. And that too courtesy of a bomb, which was defused yesterday at Chowpatty beach.

For the record, here are some details from S. Hussain Zaidi's authoritative and hard-hitting book "Black Friday. The True Story of the Bombay Blasts".

Blast 1 - 1.28pm - The Bombay Stock Exchange. 84 dead, 217 injured.

Blast 2 - 2.15pm - Narsi Natha Street. 5 dead, 16 injured.

Blast 3 - 2.25pm - Air India Building. 20 dead, 87 injured.

Blast 4 - 2.30pm - Lucky Petrol Pump, Dadar. 4 dead, 50 injured.

Blast 5 - 2.55pm - Century Bazaar. 113 dead, 227 inured.

Blast 6 - 3.05pm - Zaveri Bazaar. 17 dead, 57 injured.

Blast 7 - 3.13pm - Plaza Cinema, Dadar. 10 dead, 37 injured.

Blast 8 - 3.20pm - Sea Rock Hotel, Bandra. No one dead or injured.

Blast 9 - 3.25pm - Juhu Centaur Hotel. 3 injured

Blast 10 - 3.35pm - Airport Centaur Hotel. 2 killed, 8 injured.

"Subsequent police investigations revealed that 257 people were either killed or went missing in the blasts while 713 were injured."

Dawood Ibrahim, the main accused, is still at large.