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Revisiting The 1993 Mumbai Serial Blast Sites

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Revisiting The 1993 Mumbai Serial Blast Sites

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With the hanging of Yakub Memon in Nagpur Jail on July 30, the 22-year long case of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts has finally come to a close.

 

On March 12, 1993 thirteen blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai killing 257 people and injuring more than 700. These blasts were India’s first major, precisely co-ordinated serial explosions that damaged life and property worth more than Rs. 27 crore.

 

Twenty-two years later, Yakub Memon – younger brother of gangster Tiger Memon was hanged after being convicted for his role in the blasts in 2007. He was the only convict to be handed the death sentence among the 12 convictions handed by the special TADA Court in 2007.

 

Here’s a look at the serial-blast sites in 1993 and the change that has been wrought by man and time today.

 

Bombay Stock Exchange - Blast 13.30 p. m. - 84 dead

Bombay Stock Exchange – Blast 1:30 p. m. – 84 dead

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July 2015: Mumbai Stock exchange

Katha Bazaar_2

Narsi Natha Street – Blast 02:15 p.m. – 5 dead, 16 injured. Today the site (right) bears no scars of the 1993 blast

Next to Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar - Blast 14.30 p. m. - 4 dead, 50 injured

Next to Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar – Blast 02.30 p. m. – 4 dead, 50 injured

Shiv Sena Bhavan was the original target in Dadar during the 1993 blast.

Shiv Sena Bhavan was the original target in Dadar during the 1993 blast.

AIR INDIA BUILDING

Air India Building, Nariman Point – Blast 02:33 p. m. – 20 dead, 87 injured

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July 2015: The Air India building stopped serving as the national carrier’s headquarters in 2013 and now houses the SBI and DG-Shipping among others.

Onlookers at a bomb blast site in Mumbai

Fishermen’s Colony, Mahim – Blast 02:45 p.m. – 3 dead, 6 injured

Mahim colony

July 2015: Macchi maar Colony, Mahim

Century Bazar, Worli - Blast 14.45 p. m. - 113 dead, 227 injured

Century Bazar, Worli – Blast 02:45 p.m. – 113 dead, 227 injured

July 2015: Century Bhavan in Worli, Mumbai

July 2015: Century Bhavan in Worli, Mumbai

Plaza Theatre

Plaza Theatre, Dadar – Blast 03:15 p.m. – 10 dead, 37 injured

Plaza Cinema

July 2015: Plaza, Dadar

Hote Sea-Rock

Hotel Sea Rock, Bandra – Blast 03.10 pm

The Sea Rock structure was demolished in 2010.

The Sea Rock structure was demolished in 2010.

 

Photography: Jay Prakash Kewat

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