Various terrorist organizations hit over a half-a-dozen times since the early 1990s, India’s financial capital ‘Mumbai’ is the favorite hunting ground for terror outfits. But, India’s response against all these attacks has been bleak and we have never done anything boldly.
Former state chief secretary D M Sukhtankar said Mumbai’s being the financial nerve-centre makes it vulnerable to repeated attacks. “The high population density, and its intense business and economic activity, make it an easy target for those who want to create worldwide panic,” he said. “Terrorists want to demonstrate that despite efforts to prevent such incidents they can still strike at will. Mumbai offers anonymity. It is difficult to identify someone next to you,” he added. Former union home secretary Ram Pradhan, who headed the 26/11 probe committee, said Mumbai has always been a target because it is here that the maximum damage can be done. “It’s a big city and such blasts hit the morale of the people,” he said.
“I am shocked beyond words. It proves yet again Mumbai’s un-preparedness. Civilians are not on the radar of politicians, who live safely in their havens,” said industrialist Dilip De. “It looks like a repeat telecast of the same incident. Politicians have already started the blame game and now the candle vigil marches will begin. The term security no longer has any meaning. It’s a shame,” said filmmaker and activist Ashoke Pandit. Former Mumbai police commissioner M N Singh, who headed the investigations into the serial blasts of 1993, said Mumbai will continue to be the prime target. “Mumbai has been attacked every three years since 2003. The city has a strong network of IM and SIMI. While the police upgraded its infrastructure and equipment after 26/11 attack, the focus should be on how to curb radicalization of youth from the minority community,” he said.