“Nakabandi” – Terror Inhibitor or Terror Aider

By now all of you must be aware of the Terror Attacks in Mumbai starting 26/11 [Photos]. it’s been one month since then and the actual persons behind it have still to be caught.

This post isn’t about them, but actually about something that I experienced in the last two days. Yesterday, as I headed into town and today on my way back home, I got stuck in traffic that stretched for a few kilometers. Couldn’t figure out why exactly this was until I saw the nakabandi (i.e. roadblocks in Hindi) with police checking taking place.

The result of this was a huge highway being halved in width and a traffic jam a few kilometers in length. Those of you have been to or have lived in Mumbai will know that the jams out here are extremely close knit with a four-lane road actually becoming a five or even six lane one!

While I do understand that a roadblock helps in better checking, but what I don’t understand is how will it prevent a bomb blast.

A traffic jam packed with vehicles stretching across a few kilometers means tonnes of ready-to-explode petrol tanks and several hundred people.

I’m not sure how possible this is, but can’t a single bomb exploding start a chain reaction?

So, is that roadblock helping us stop a terror attack or just increasing the intensity of it?

Terror in Mumbai

The last time we had a major terror incident in Mumbai was when the bombs rocked the train in Mumbai in 2006. Mumbai is no stranger to violence when in 1993, we were hit by a series of blasts all across the city.

However, this time things are different. I reached home at around 10.30 last night after having dinner at Dynasty. A friend informed me off a shooting incident at Leopold in Colaba. I switched on the news to read about the incident and within the next hour realized that it wasn’t just a stray firing but what would turn out to be a full fledged terror attack.

It started off with Cafe Leopold at about 9.30pm and then the Taj Mahal hotel, Hotel Trident, CST Station, Vile Parle, Mazegoan, Cama Hospital and Jewish Headquarters. Read the Terror Roundup on IBNLive.

Incidently, I passed Vile Parle about an hour, if not less, before the blast hit. The taxi blew up below the flyover I had passed over.

The terrorists have taken people hostage at Taj Mahal Hotel, Hotel Trident as well as at Nariman House. Reports currently state that the hostage situation at Taj is resolved, though there are still several persons trapped in the building and it is believed that six terrorists are at large.

The last time we saw such an hostage situation was on Indian Airlines Flight 814 on Christmas Eve 1999.

Reported casualties are 101 killed and several hundred injured, including Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and several police officials. However, I’m sure this is not the final count as police are continuing to find bodies in the hotels.

You can check out some photos of the attack on IBNLive.com or view their Live Streaming.

An Article from a Marathi Manoos

Who approves of the riots that the MNS rages in the name of Maharashtrians? Definitely not any of those I know who strictly condemn them. Are even Maharashtrians safe from this? Apparently not.

In Goonda Raj, Marathi manoos and Mumbai Mirror editor Deepak Lokhande has related his experience of Tuesday where he bore the brunt of Raj Thackeray?s zeal to ?save? Maharashtrians!

Grievance Redress Mechanism in India

My Dad sent me an email today of an online system to address grievances in India. The mail goes like this:

Can you imagine this happening in INDIA ?

Government of India has an online Grievance forum at http://darpg-grievance.nic.in/

The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc.

I know many people will say that these things don’t work in India , but this actually works as one of the person working in CSC found. The guy I’m talking about lives in Faridabad . Couple of months back, the Faridabad Municipal Corporation laid new roads in his area and the residents were very happy about it. But 2 weeks later, BSNL dug up the newly laid roads to install new cables which annoyed all the residents including this guy. But it was only this guy! Who used the above listed grievance forum to highlight his concern. And to his surprise, BSNL and Municipal Corporation of Faridabad was served a show cause notice and the guy received a copy of the notice in one week. Government has asked the MC and BSNL about the goof up as it’s clear that both the government departments were not in sync at all.

So use this grievance forum and educate others who don’t know about this facility.
This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just talking about the ‘ System’ in India

HC takes charge of Pereira case

After Alister Pereira was left of with a sentence of just six months after having killed seven labourers, the Mumbai High Court has taken charge of the case and has asked the police to submit all the evidence in the case. Without doubt, the police have been really sloppy in the investigation and a lot of people were enraged with this. What was really pissing off was his lawyers stating that the sentence of six months was harsh!