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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chronology of major Terrorist attacks in Bharat India

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Chronology (timeline) of major Terrorist attacks in Bharat (Hindustan/India) or on Bharatiya (Hindustani/Indian) Citizens
  1. September 7, 2011 1017 hrs - Terrorist attack (bomb blast) outside Gate No. 5, Delhi High Court, Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli) - Harkat-ul-Jehadi (HuJI) & Indian Mujahideen
    At least nine people have been killed in an explosion outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday morning. The explosion took place outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court at 10:17 AM injuring 45 others. Union Home Secretary RK Singh confirmed that nine people have died in the explosion. UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said that the explosive device was kept in a briefcase. He said that the blast was well planned and of high intensity. The injured have been rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital with some of them reportedly in a critical condition. National Security Guard (NSG) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams have also reached the blast site. NSG Director General Rajen Medhekar said that ammonium nitrate has been used in the blast. "Whatever we could gather from the blast investigations is that it is an IED (improvised explosive device) with ammonium nitrate. We are working with the Delhi Police to get details," said Medhekar. The Delhi Police said that Gate No. 5 is one of the busiest areas of the Delhi High Court and have cordoned off the area. Gate no. 5 of the Delhi High Court is where the passes are made for the litigants and the explosion happened outside the reception. Police officials said that about 100 to 200 people were waiting in queue to get passes for entry into the court complex. Forensic experts have reached the site and are examining forensic evidence to find out the nature of the blast. Fire tenders and ambulances have also reached the blast site. Court business is usually heavy on Wednesday which is listed as a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) day when the visitors come to the court in large numbers. It is in the second time in four months that a blast occurred outside the Delhi High Court complex. An explosion on May 25 triggered panic prompting the authorities to sound a high alert in the capital and tighten security at public places. But no one was injured in the may 25 blast. In that blast too ammonium nitrate was used and the explosive device was wrapped in a polythene bag and kept close to the car parked near Gate No. 7. The blast took place at 1:30 PM. Along with ammonium nitrate, a battery-like object, wires and some nails were found at the site by forensic experts. This is the the worst terror attack in the capital since the triple blasts on September 13, 2008 in which 25 people were killed. On September 13, 2008 serials blasts had rocked Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash in the capital in which over 150 people were injured.

  2. July 13, 2011 1854 hrs - Terrorist attack (multiple bomb blasts) at Zaveri Bazaar, famous Mumbadevi temple, Opera House and Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    The blasts took place within minutes of each other with the first being reported at 6:54 PM in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, 6:55 PM at Opera House and 7:05 PM at Dadar.

  3. May 26, 2011 - Islamic Terrorist attack in Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli)
    A low intensity blast was reported from the parking lot outside gate number 7 of the Delhi High Court - one of the most well secured areas in the capital. The explosion was caused by a crude explosive packed in a polythene placed right next to a Ford car which belongs to a lawyer.

  4. December 7, 2010 - Islamic Terrorist attack in Kashi/Varanasi/Banaras/Benaras/Varanasya, Uttar Pradesh
    A two-year-old Hindu girl was killed and several wounded in a blast outside a temple in Varanasi in northern India.

  5. September 19, 2010 - Shootout in Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli)
    Gunmen on motorbikes shot at a tourist bus near a mosque in New Delhi, wounding two Taiwanese visitors, weeks before the city hosted the 54-nation Commonwealth Games. Officials put it down to local gangs and ruled out the involvement of militants.

  6. April 17, 2010 - Islamic Terrorist attack in Bengaluru/Bangalore, Karnatak
    At least one person was killed and 15 people were wounded after two bombs exploded outside a packed cricket stadium in the software hub of Bangalore. Police suspect the LeT and other militant groups were involved.

  7. February 15, 2010 2030 hrs - Mao-Communist Terrorist attack (gun attack) by at Silda in West Midnapore, West Bengal
    20 Army troops of Eastern Frontiers Rifles murdered by 100 Mao-Communist terrorists. "At least 20 jawans of Eastern Frontiers Rifles (EFR) have been killed in the attack at the Silda camp and the condition of two is stated to be very critical," district magistrate N S Nigam told PTI from Midnapore. The Maoists launched another attack on a CRPF camp at Dharampur in the district tonight. A group of 40 armed Maoists attacked the camp around 8.30 pm in Lalgarh engaging the jawans in an exchange of fire. Nigam said at least 100 Maoists armed with sophisticated weapons came on motorcycles and four-wheelers, exploded landmines near the Silda camp before barging inside with a volley of fire around 5.30 pm. There were 51 EFR jawans and officers in the camp when the attack took place, sources said. The attack took most of the jawans by surprise as they were either "whiling away their time in the camp or busy in the kitchen cooking", a senior police officer said. Meanwhile, Maoist leader Kishenji claimed responsibility for the attack. "We have attacked the camp and this is our answer to Chidambaram's 'Operation Green Hunt' and unless the Centre stops this inhuman military operation we are going to answer this way only," Kishenji told PTI from an undisclosed location.

  8. February 13, 2010 1915 hrs - Islamic Terrorist attack (bomb blast) by Muslim Terrorists in Poona, Maharashtr
    9 killed, 45 injured. The blast — believed to have been triggered by an IED kept in an abandoned bag — took place at German Bakery at 6.56 pm. Significantly enough, the German Bakery is located in the vicinity of Osho Ashram and the Jewish Centre “Chabad House”.

  9. June 10, 2009 0830 hrs - Terrorist attack (landmine blast) by Maoists on joint team of CRPF and local police Police personnel in Serengda-Aruanga village in West Singhbhum district about 160km (100 miles) from the state capital, Ranchi.
    Eleven security personnel were killed and six others injured in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in a Naxal-affected district in Jharkhand on Wednesday, police said.

    The incident took place in Serengda-Aruanga village in West Singhbhum district when a joint team of CRPF and local police was returning in a mini truck after a two-day patrolling in extremist-infested Saranda forest, Director General of Police (DGP) V.D. Ram said.

    The rebels are fighting for communist rule in a number of Indian states. More than 6,000 people have died during their 20-year fight.

    The rebels say that they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, and are fighting for better land rights and more jobs for agricultural labourers and the poor.

  10. May 22, 2009 1320 hrs - Terrorist attack by DHD(J) on Police personnel on Security Train, North Cachar Hills district, nearly 350 km from Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati), Assam
    Three Assam police personnel sustained injury when DHD(J) rebels again attacked a special security train with bullets in North Cachar hills on Friday.

    According to information, the incident took place at a round 1 in the afternoon in between Lumding and Langting when the Dimasa rebels sprayed bullets on the train leaving the police personnel injured. Barring security trains, other services have been remaining closed due to continued attack on trains by the DHD(J) rebels.

  11. May 19, 2009 0330 hrs - Terrorist attack on Civilian Train, Karbi Anglong hills district and North Cachar Hills district, nearly 350 km from Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati), Assam
    Ten people, including six militants were killed and at least seven persons including two security personnel were injured in separate incidents of encounter and militants’ attacks on civilians and goods trains in the central Assam’s Karbi Anglong hills district and North Cachar Hills district on Tuesday.

    Suspected militants also set ablaze 10 houses in a Zeme Naga village in North Cachar Hills district during the day.

    In another incident, six militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were killed in an encounter with troops of the Armys Red Horns Division near Donghap village under Doboka Reserve in Karbi Anglong.

    The slain militants are suspected to belong to anti-talk faction of the NDFB, a Defence spokesman said.

    Five railway employees and two BSF jawans were injured in an attack on a goods train in N.C. Hills by suspected militants of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-Jewel Gorlossa faction) between Migrendisa and Lower Haflong railway station.

  12. May 11, 2009 1400 hrs - Dimasa tribals attack (indiscriminatory firing, arson) on Zemi Naga, Guilung Village, North Cachar Hills, Haflong, nearly 350 km from Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati), Assam
    Three persons were killed and at least 70 houses were set ablaze in two Zeme Naga villages in the North Cachar Hills district of Assam on Monday following an attack by militants.

    Monday’s incident comes after a series of attacks by militants on three Dimasa villages in which 101 houses were set ablaze and seven persons were killed. The authorities suspected that the violence was in retaliation to the attacks on the Dimasa villages.

    In another incident, miscreants removed fish plates on the rail track passing through a tunnel between Langting and Mupa stations of the hill district, forcing the cancellation of a goods train carrying food grains from Lumding to Badarpur.

  13. May 9, 2009 1300 hrs- Christian Zemi Naga Citizen's Rights Protection Voluneteers Terrorist attack (indiscriminatory firing, arson) on Dimasa Tribals, Phaiding Village, North Cachar Hills, Haflong, nearly 350 km from Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati), Assam
    Three Dimasa villages in which 101 houses were set ablaze and seven persons were killed. Three persons were killed and several wounded in an attack by suspected Naga gunmen at the Fiding Dimasagaon, nearly 350 km from Guwahati, in Assam's North Cachar Hills district on Saturday morning.

    Police said a group of about 20 to 25 gunmen raided the Dimasa-dominated village near Fiding railway station around 6 in the morning and started firing indiscriminately. They also set afire 43 houses in the village dominated by the anti-talks faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD).

    Thanagjam Dibhrakete (40) and Ripunjay Dibhrakete (20) died on the spot, while Hatulal Dibhrakete (40) succumbed to his injuries at at Mahur Civil Hospital. All the injured were rushed to hospital, police said.

    Citizen's Rights Protection Voluneteers, a group which not many have heard of, owned up to the attack on the Dimasa village and warned of more such attacks on Dimasas in future.

  14. April 12, 2009 2115 hrs - KLNLF Terrorist attack (multiple powerful bomb blasts) on Kolkata-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express train, near Nilalong, close to Diphu, the headquarters of Karbi Anglong district, about 320 km east of Assam's main city of Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati)

  15. April 6, 2009 1340 hrs - ULFA Terrorist attack (multiple powerful bomb blasts) at a busy bus stop in Maligaon, Gauhati, Assam near Maligaon police station and the headquarters of the Northeast Frontier Railway

  16. March 31, 2009 1800 hrs - ULFA Terrorist attack (bomb blast) near Shankar hotel in Jyotikuchi Road, Lalganesh area, Gauhati, Assam

  17. March 25, 2009 1850 hrs - ULFA Terrorist attack (hand grenade bomb blasts) at Lakhsmi Mandir area, Sonitpur district, Tezpur town, Assam

  18. February 1, 2009 1115 hrs - Naxal Maoist Terrorist attack (gun firing) in Marke Gaon, Dhanora tehsil, Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra

  19. January 10, 2009 1830 hrs - Maligaon Shuttle Gate locality, Gauhati, Assam - Terrorist attack (powerful Bomb blast)

  20. January 1, 2009 1435 hrs - Birubari, Bhootnath and Bhangagarh areas, Gauhati, Assam - Terrorist attack (multiple powerful 3 Bomb blasts)

  21. December 1, 2008 0800 hrs - Diphu, Karbi Anglong district, Assam - Terrorist attack (powerful Bomb blast) in Lumding-Tinsukia Passenger Train

  22. November 26, 2008 2200 hrs - Mumbai, Maharashtra - Terrorist attack (coordinated attack by at least 20 terrorists at 11 places. AK-47 firing, grenade attack and hostage crisis)

  23. October 30, 2008 1130 hrs - Gauhati, Assam - Terrorist attack (multiple powerful 13 Bomb blasts) - 68 dead & 335 wounded

  24. October 21, 2008 1930 hrs - Imphal, Manipur - Terrorist attack (powerful Bomb blast) using an improvised explosive device (IED) at Ragailong Gate on the northern side of the historic Kangla Fort in which at least 17 people were killed and over 30 injured

  25. September 29, 2008 - Malegoan - Bomb blast

  26. September 29, 2008 - Modasa, Gujarat - Bomb blast - One child died

  27. September 27, 2008 1405 hrs - Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli) - Terrorist attack (powerful Bomb blast) just two weeks after the previous terrorist attack in Indraprasth and a few days before Hindu's holy Nine days festival of Navratre

  28. September 18, 2008 1115 hrs - Bijni, Chiranga District, Gauhati, Assam - आतंकवादी हमला (बम फोड़ा गया) यूनाइटेड लिबरेशन फ़्रंट ऑफ़ असम (उल्फ़ा) द्वारा / Terrorist attack (Bomb blast) by ULFA terrorists

  29. September 13, 2008 1810 hrs - Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli) - Terrorist attack (multiple powerful Bomb blasts) just a day before the last day of Shri Ganesh Mahotsav

  30. July 26, 2008 Karnavati (misnomer: Ahmedabad), Gujarat - Terrorist Attack (multiple Bomb Blasts)

    • Complete text of Indian Mujahideen's email before Gujarat terrorist attack

    • Chargesheet against Indian Mujahideen terrorists today by Times of India on February 16, 2009
      Mumbai Police will on Tuesday file chargesheet against 21 alleged members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) for hatching here the conspiracy to set off blasts in various cities including Delhi, Bangalore and Surat.

      The terror group is alleged to have carried out blasts across the country since 2006 including the 2008 serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Surat.

      Apart from the stringent provisions of MCOCA, the 21 accused will also be charged under Indian Penal Code, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology Act.

      Riyaz Bhatkal, the mastermind and founder member of IM, and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal are still wanted by Mumbai police.

      The 21 arrested accused are Azal Mutalib Usmani, Mohd Sadik Shaikh, Mohd Arif Shaikh, Mohd Zakir Shaikh, Ansar Ahmed Shaikh, Asif Bashir Shaikh, Mohd Mansoor Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Shaikh, Mohd Atique Iqbal, Dastagir Phiroz Mujawar, Mohd Akbar Chaudhary, Anique Shafique Sayed, Majid Akthar Shaikh, Yasir Anis Syed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Fazal-e-Rehman Durani, Ahmed Bawa Abubakar, Moh Ali Ahmed, Javed Ali and Syed Noushad, Asgar Ali.

    • ‘Brainwashed with Iraq, Babri, Gujarat riots’ by Indian Express on February 11, 2009

    • Ahmedabad serial blasts: Five more chargesheets filed by PTI, TOI on February 4, 2009
    • The city police have filed five more chargesheets in connection with last year's serial blasts here, which claimed the lives of 57 people. All the chargesheets have more than 1,000 pages each and blame Indian Mujahideen (IM) and SIMI operatives for the explosions, Crime branch officials said.
      "Roles of Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi and Karnataka IM modules, who worked in tandem to carry out the attack, as well as that of each individual in the modules have been described in detail in the documents," the officials said.
      The chargesheets filed in the designated court here related to blasts at Sarkhej, Maninagar (two cases), Kalupur and Vatva areas, the officials said.
      "There were 21 blasts in different parts of the city on July 26, 2008. The Crime branch has treated each blast as a separate case and has been filing chargesheets in each case," they said, adding chargesheets in the remaining cases would be filed soon.
      The documents have named 54 accused and 47 absconders in the Sarkhej case, including alleged masterminds of the blasts Amir Raza Khan, Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, 44 accused and 48 absconders in the Maninagar case and 43 accused and 45 absconders in the Vatva and Kalupur cases.
    • Supplementary chargesheet filed in Ahmedabad blasts case by PTI, TOI on January 17, 2009

    • Police find 17 crude bombs in Ahmedabad by PTI, TOI on September 29, 2008

    • Ahmedabad blasts: Ken Haywood arrives in India by C Unnikrishnan, TNN, TOI on September 11, 2008

    • 2008 Ahmedabad bombings on Wikipedia

  31. July 25, 2008 - Bengaluru (misnomer: Bangalore), Karnataka - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  32. May 13, 2008 - Jaipur, Rajasthan - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb Blasts)

  33. January 2008 - Rampur - Terrorist attack (firing by terrorists) - 8 Army personnel killed

  34. November 23, 2007 1310-1325 hrs - Varanasi, Faizabad & Lucknow Courts, Uttar Pradesh - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  35. August 25, 2007 - Lumbini park, Bhagyamathi (misnomer: Hyderabad), Andhra Pradesh - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  36. May 18, 2007 - Bhagyamathi (misnomer: Hyderabad), Andhra Pradesh - Bomb blast

  37. February 18, 2007 2353 hrs - Indraprasth-Lahore Samjhauta Express, after Diwana station, Panipat, Haryana - Bomb blast

  38. September 8, 2006 - Malegaon, Nashik, Maharashtra - Bomb blast

  39. August 16, 2006 1700 hrs- ISKCON Mandir/Temple, Imphal, Manipur - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts) - 10 citizens murdered

    • Five die in blasts at ISKCON temple during a terrorist attack
      At least five persons were killed and 28 others, including a foreigner, injured when a powerful bomb exploded in the complex of International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on Wednesday evening when the shrine was teeming with Janmasthami devotees. The toll might go up because some of those who suffered injuries were in critical condition, sources in the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital said. The five victims included a 10-year-old boy and a 70-year-old woman, the sources said. Several important persons, including chief priest of the ISKCON's Damodar Das, were among those who were hit by splinters of the bomb which was reportedly hurled at the Tulihal airport area in Imphal West district of Manipur by some unidentified persons. Reports said that today being the birthday of Lord Krishna, there was a huge gathering of people at the ISKCON complex, about five km south of Imphal, and the bomb exploded among the crowd at around 7 pm. No individual or organisation has claimed responsibility for the explosions, official sources said.

  40. July 11, 2006 - Commuter trains, Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts) - 187 citizens murdered

  41. April 28, 2006 - Bus terminal, Jalandhar, Punjab - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast) by terrorist organization Khalistan Zindabad Force

  42. March 11, 2006 - Byculla Railway Station, Central Mumbai, Maharashtra - Terrorist attack (Bomb)

    • Varanasi blasts : New wave of terror
      That the Varanasi blasts was not a stray incident, was confirmed by the detection of two kilograms of explosive ammonia nitrate from the Byculla Railway Station in Central Mumbai on Saturday, March 11. Apart from the explosive filled in a plastic water bottle, the police recovered a pocket-size transformer that could have provided the power if a detonator was to be attached to the device. Police Commissioner A.N.Ray said a high alert has been sounded in the city and security tightened at all places of worship, railway stations and vital installations. The seizure came a day before the 13th anniversary of the serial bomb blasts on March 12, 1993 which killed 256 persons and injured 713, besides causing damage to property worth Rs. 27 crore. Early this year, three terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly having links with Laskhar-e-Taiba leader Sayyad Salahuddin, were arrested from the busy Nagpada area of central Mumbai, along with highly sophisticated wireless detonators. In neighbouring Goa, the police arrested a militant on charges of plotting an attack. Director General of Police Niraj Kumar said in Panaji on March 11 that the police arrested Tariq Anwar at Margao railway station. He was found to be carrying explosives and fire arms. Tariq is reported to have confessed during interrogation that Pakistan-based Tehrique-ul-Mujahiddin, the terrorist outfit to which he belongs, was targeting busy tourist places in the state. The police recovered two kilograms of RDX, two Russian hand grenades, a detonator, three mobile phones and three cameras from Tariq. The DGP said that Tariq had undergone two and a half years of training in Pakistan and had also traveled to Bangladesh and Nepal. Police teams have fanned out across the state to check his local links and more arrests are likely.

  43. March 7, 2006 1820 hrs - Kashi/Varanasi/Banaras/Varanasya, Uttar Pradesh - Terrorist Attack (multiple Bomb Blasts) - 40 Hindus murdered

    • Varanasi blasts : New wave of terror
      Two bomb blasts ripped thorough the temple town of Varanasi in Eastern Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, March 7, heralding a new wave of terrorist attacks in the country. There are indications that the Varanasi explosions were mounted by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed groups which have been responsible for many such incidents in the past. A little known outfit, Lashkar-e-Kahar, believed to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed responsibility for the blasts in which more than 20 people died. The Varanasi Cantt Railway Station and Sankat Mochan Temple were the main targets of the attack. The worst hit was the railway station where 14 persons were killed and 30 injured in a powerful explosion outside the waiting room on Platform No. 1 where a Delhi-bound train was at the time stationary. Just before this, a bomb want off at the Sankat Mochan Temple which was full of devotees. At least six persons were killed and 25 injured in the explosion. The security forces also recovered explosive devices at other places in the city, which did not explode and were defused later. Home Ministry officials said that they believed that the blasts were part of a planned conspiracy. They said the terrorists chose Tuesday for the blasts as there is a heavy rush of devotees at the Sankat Mochan Temple on that day. Within hours of the Varanasi blasts, a special task force team of the Uttar Pradesh police, helped by a team of the Jammu and Kashmir police, gunned down a terrorist in Lucknow on Wednesday morning (March 8). The police later claimed that the killed terrorist may have been involved in the terror attacks in Varanasi. The STF team said that the terrorist, Salar Aka Illullah Aka Doctor Aka Saleem, was an expert in planting explosives and was the area commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Uttar Pradesh. The STF claimed that he was also involved in the attack on Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, in which a scientist was killed. A Pakistan-made “Star” pistol, a telephone diary containing slips issued by PCO booths for overseas calls made by him, detonators, fuse and 2.5 kg. of RDX were recovered from his possession. On Wednesday itself, two terrorists owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Taiba, were gunned down in an encounter with the Delhi Police in North West Delhi. The police say that the persons gunned down wanted to carry out a terror attack in the national capital. The deceased have been identified as Lashkar’s Bangladesh chief Ghulam Hasan alias Kajol. Forty pockets of plastic (PETN) explosives weighing four kilograms, one AK 56 with two magazines and 51 rounds , four hand grenades, two Luger-make imported pistols with two magazines and fake currency were recovered from the slain militants. “Intercepts of phone conversations between Abu Ali Kama and Tariq Ahmed Dar a few days after the Delhi serial blasts revealed that LeT was planning more attacks in the city and busy markets are their specific targets,” a senior police official said. The terrorists were carrying plastic explosives which, experts say, could cause an explosion stronger than the one seen during the serial blasts.

    • Varanasi blast accused gets 10 years' jail term by IANS, CNN-IBN on August 26, 2008

  44. October 29, 2005 - Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi) - Terrorist attack (multiple powerful Bomb blasts) just before Deepawali (Diwali)

  45. July 28, 2005 1715 hrs - Patna-Indraprasth Shramjivi Express train, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast)

  46. July 5, 2005 - Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh - Terrorist attack by five Islamist Terrorists

  47. August 15, 2004 - Assam - Terrorist attack (Bomb blasts) killing 16 people, mostly schoolchildren, and wounding dozens

  48. December 2, 2003 - BEST bus, at the Special Electronics Export Promotion Zone (SEEPZ), a major commercial hub in Andheri east, Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Islamic Terrorist attack (Failed)

  49. August 25, 2003 - Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Islamic Terrorist attack (Simultaneous multiple Car Bomb blasts)
    • Judgement day Monday in August 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case by IANS, Daily Pioneer
      Six years after the twin blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, which left 53 people dead, a Mumbai Special Court is expected to deliver its judgement on the "rarest of rare" case here Monday. A terror module of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit was involved in planting the powerful bombs in two cabs and triggering them by timers on Aug 25, 2003. It is the most awaited judgement in a terrorist case after the Special TADA Court completed the March 2, 1993, serial blasts trial in 2007 which led to the conviction of 100 people, including Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, now a Samajwadi Party leader. The terror attacks were carried out to "avenge" the deaths of Muslims during the 2002 Gujarat riots that broke out in the wake of the Godhra train burning of Feb 27 that year. After painstaking investigations, the Mumbai Police nabbed the prime accused - Mohammed Hanif Sayed (35 then), his wife Fahimida (30 then), Ashrat Shafique Ansari (26 then), Zahid Yusuf Patni, Rizwan Laddoowala and A. Shaikh Batterywala. One accused and the blasts mastermind - identified only as Nazir, was subsequently shot dead in a police encounter in Matunga suburb in September 2003, said advocate for the accused S. Kunjuraman. A total of four cases was filed against all the accused in the case in which a total of 101 witnesses were examined in the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) Special Court, according to Kunjuraman. They are: the twin blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar which killed 53 and injured over 100; and a blast outside Ghatkopar railway station July 28, 2003, which left two dead and 31 injured. The fourth case pertains to planting a bomb in a public BEST bus Dec 2, 2003, at the Special Electronics Export Promotion Zone (SEEPZ), a major commercial hub in Andheri east, which failed to explode. "If found guilty by the Special POTA Judge M.R. Puranik, then the accused could attract the maximum death penalty," Kunjuraman said. Zahid Yusuf Patni offered to turn approver in the case in June 2004 and made a confession of his role in the terror attacks. He revealed how he lived and worked in Dubai where he met Hanif, who had gone there to work as an electrician. There they met some other persons who provoked them "to take revenge for the Gujarat riots of 2002". After hatching the blasts conspiracy in Dubai, they prepared themselves for the assignment with all the required resources and finally carried out the terror strikes in Mumbai. Patni also revealed that he had been "elected" as chief of the LeT module in Mumbai called 'Gujarat Defence-Revenge Force' and he directed all the blasts in the city. Meanwhile, midway during the trial, a POTA Review Committee recommended that Laddoowala and Batterywala be discharged from the case for lack of evidence, but the POTA Special Court rejected it. The matter was challenged before the Supreme Court which finally ordered their discharge in November 2008, proving a setback to the prosecution case, spearheaded by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Incidentally, Nikam conducted the March 12, 1993, Mumbai serial blasts case and is also handling the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks case. The duo was accused of connecting the timer with the detonator and preparing the other electrical circuits used in the bombs. During the six-year long trial, 101 witnesses, including a taxi-driver who identified the accused planting the bomb in one of the taxis, were examined. Three Special POTA Judges conducted the trial - A.P. Bhangale, S.S. Joshi and currently, Special Judge Puranik.
    • Video: 03 Mumbai blasts verdict, guilty face death

  50. July 23, 2003 - Ghatkopar railway station, Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Islamic Terrorist attack

  51. May 14, 2003 - Army camp, Jammu - Terrorist attack

  52. March 13, 2003 - Commuter train, Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  53. December 21, 2002 - Kurnool express passenger train crash, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh - Sabotage by Terrorists

  54. September 25, 2002 1630 hrs - Akshardham Mandir, Gujarat - Terrorist attack - 600 hostages, 34 citizens murdered

    600 devotees were in the temple at the time of attack. Around 50 devotees were trapped inside the building and quick action of the volunteers in the temple denied the attackers access to people inside. The National Security Guard (NSG) commandos commonly called 'black cats' intervened to end the siege in an operation called vajra shakti. All 50 trapped devotees were rescued and released after identity checks. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS, requested mercy for Muslim terrorists.
    • अक्षरधाम का आरोपी शौकतउल्ला गिरफ्तार

    • अक्षरधाम हमले का आरोपी गिरफ्तार
      शमशाबाद एयरपोर्ट से एंटी टेरेरिस्ट स्क्वॉड (एटीएस) ने एक आतंकी को गिरफ्तार किया। इस आतंकी की अक्षरधाम मंदिर में हुए हमले में तलाश थी। जानकारी के मुताबिक एटीएस ने हैदराबाद के शमशाबाद हवाई अड्डे से शौकतुल्ला नाम के आतंकवादी को गिरफ्तार किया है। शौकतुल्ला की गुजरात के अक्षरधाम मंदिर में हुए हमले में तलाश थी। इस आतंकी को गुजरात पुलिस को सौंप दिया गया है। शौकतुल्ला के साथ मौजूद उसकी पत्नी और बच्चे को हिरासत में ले लिया गया है।

    • Akshardham attack suspect arrested
      Nearly seven years after the terrorist attack on Akshardham in Gandhinagar, a prime suspect of the case has been arrested from Hyderabad. The terrorist attack on Akshardham on September 25, 2002 had left 34 people dead and at least 76 injured. Two terrorists involved in the terror attack were also killed in the night-long operation by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandoes who were flown in from Delhi. Shaukat-Ullah Ghouri, believed to be the financier of the operation, was arrested from the Hyderabad airport on Saturday night soon after his arrival from Saudi Arabia where he had fled after the Akshardham attack in 2002. A team of the Gujarat Police has rushed to Hyderabad for bringing Ghouri back to Ahmedabad where arrest warrants are pending against him and his brother Farhat-Ullah since 2002. Three culprits of the Akshardham attack were sentenced to death by a POTA Court in July 2006 while one was sentenced to life imprisonment. Two others were given prison terms of ten years and five years respectively for their involvement in the terror attack. Shaukat-Ullah and his brother Farhat-Ullah were trained by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and were engaged in raising funds for terror attacks. They fled to Saudi Arabia after their names cropped up during the investigations into the Akshardham attack.

    • Gujarat Police arrests Akshardham attack suspect

    • Another Akshardham attack accused nabbed from Hyderabad

    • Gujarat police to bring Shaukatullah from Hyderabad

    • Key conspirator in Akshardham attack case being brought to city
      A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative, Ghauri, who is a close associate of the mastermind behind the attack, Abu Hamza, had attended the pre-Akshardham attack conspiracy meetings at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and later at Hyderabad in 2002. Ghauri is also accused of raising funds for the attack, DCB sources said. Ghauri and his brother, Farhatullah, who is also accused of supporting and motivating the terrorists who carried out the attacks, were in Hyderabad at the time of the attack. They later fled to Saudi Arabia after their names figured in the list of suspects. Thirty-four people, including two National Security Guards (NSG) commandos and two state police commandos were killed and more than 80 others injured when two Pakistan-based terrorists stormed the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2003, and opened indiscriminate fire with their automatic weapons and lobbed grenades. A designated POTA court in Gujarat convicted three of the six accused, arrested in the case, to death, in July 2006. Another accused was sentenced to a life term in prison, while two others were awarded punishment of 10 and five years each.

    • Key Lashkar financier held (Caution: This newspaper is known to spread Anti-Hindu propaganda and mythical lies that a so-called pogrom happened in Gujarat in 2002 and not riots. Its a baseless allegation as it has not been proved in any court or official commission of inquiry.)

    • Gujarat Akshardham attack accused arrested

    • Akshardham: Over 20 accused still absconding

    • Ghori handed over to Gujarat Police

    • Hyderabad ‘Imam’ held for terror links
      A non-bailable warrant was pending against him under POTA in a Gandhinagar Court in Gujarat,’’ the sources said. They said Shaukatullah Ghori, popular in Riyadh as Hafiz Saheb, was working as the Imam of a mosque in Riyadh. ‘‘He is not involved in any case in Hyderabad or any part of the State. His only involvement is in Akshardham Temple attack,’’ the sources said. It is learnt that after going through the records, the Andhra Pradesh police is likely to send him to Gujarat shortly. While two Pakistani terrorists were killed by the National Security Guards (NSG) in operation Vajra Shakti at the Akshardham Temple, three were sentenced to death and 10 to life imprisonment in the case. Twelve more accused are absconding.

  55. September 10, 2002 - Rajdhani Express train derailment, Over the Dhave river bridge, Rafiganj, Bihar - Sabotage by Naxalite Maoists Terrorists

  56. May 13, 2002 0318 hrs - Patna-Indraprasth Shramjivi Express train, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh - Sabotage by Terrorists suspected to be from Student's Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)

  57. February 27, 2002 - Sabarmati Express train burned, Godhra, Gujarat - Muslim Terrorists burnt the train following an altercation between local Muslims and the innocent Hindu pilgrims when the train was standing at the platform. The S-6 coach was occupied by Hindu religious pilgrims called Kar Sevaks who were returning from Ayodhya. 58 Hindu pilgrims (15 women, 20 children, and 23 men) who were inside, were burnt alive, and the coach was completely gutted by the fire.

  58. December 13, 2001 - Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi) parliament complex - Terrorist attack

  59. October 1, 2001 - Jammu and Kashmir assembly complex - Terrorist attack

  60. June 2000 - Train, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast)

  61. March 13, 2000 - Kailash Hotel, Paharganj, Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi) - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast) by terrorist organization Khalistan Zindabad Force

  62. February 10, 2000 - Sealdah Express train, Supwal village, Vijaypur, Jammu - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast) by terrorist organization Khalistan Zindabad Force

  63. November 11, 1999 - Jammu-Indraprasth Pooja Express train - Terrorist attack (Bomb blast) by terrorist organization Khalistan Zindabad Force

  64. February 14, 1998 - Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  65. December 30, 1996 - Brahmaputra mail train, Assam - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  66. May 21, 1996 - Bombing in Central Market, Lajpat Nagar, Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli) by Islamic Terrorists

    • Death for three Muslim Terrorists in Lajpat Nagar blast case
      Describing the 14-year-old Lajpat Nagar blast case as “rarest of rare”, a city court on Thursday awarded death penalty to three of the six convicts. The explosion had claimed 13 lives in the Capital.
      “Aggravating circumstances have outweighed the mitigating circumstances. It is one of the rarest of rare cases, where the extreme penalty of death is required to be given to the convicts. I direct that these three convicts be hanged by neck till death,” said District and Sessions Judge SP Garg. Mohammed Naushad, Mirza Nissar Hussain and Mohammed Ali Bhatt were awarded the death penalty, which is subject to confirmation from the High Court.
      The court awarded different jail terms to the other three convicts, including life imprisonment to one, for their roles in the gory incident. Sending the three convicts to gallows, the court said, “On scanning the aggravating circumstances whereby 13 innocent persons lost their lives, it is certain that the convicts do not deserve to be dealt with leniently.
      There cannot be two opinions that looking at the prime conspectus of what was perpetrated at the Lajpat Nagar Market, it was the most dastardly act. The case comes in the category of rarest of rare cases. The convicts indulged in killing innocent persons without any provocation.”
      While awarding life imprisonment to Javed Ahmed Khan, the court said, “Though Javed’s case also comes in the category of rarest of rare cases, on taking into consideration the mitigating circumstances, Javed does not deserve the extreme penalty. He was residing in Nepal and not even known to Bilal Ahmed Beg. Earlier, he was not aware of the conspiracy and when he found arms and ammunitions lying in the room, he made inquiries…and came to know of the conspiracy to cause (the) bomb blast in Delhi.”
      The court also said that on instructions of Mirza Nissar Hussain and Bilal, Javed delivered ammunition at the Delhi residence of witness Wazid Kasai. “At the time of incident, Javed was not present in Delhi. After considering his role and his confessional statement exposing himself and the co-accused, case of Javed stands on a different footing,” it added.
      The court imposed a fine of Rs 42,000 on Mohammed Naushad. Mohammed Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain and Javed Ahmad Khan have been fined Rs 37,000 each under various penal provisions, dealing with murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder.
      Convict Farooq Ahmed Khan and lone woman convict Farida Dar were held guilty under milder penal provisions of the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act, and were allowed to walk free. The imprisonment served during the trial was their punishment, the court said. It fined Farooq Ahmed and Farida Dar Rs 10,000 each. “The term already undergone by Farooq Ahmed in this case shall be counted and Farida Dar is ordered to be released for the period already spent in jail with reasonable fine,” the court ordered.
      The court said the offence committed by the convicts was pre-planned and calculated. The apparent motive was to indulge in disruptive activities and to strike terror in the minds of the people. The convicts had used powerful material, including RDX. “These convicts had no feeling of remorse or repentance. The convicts had no apparent justification or motive to take the lives of innocent citizens. The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, had shaken the entire city and the collective conscience of the society,” said the court. All these convicts were arrested in June/July, 1996.
    • Six convicted in 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case
    • Chronology of 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case
    • Court's observations on 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case
    • Chronology of 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case

  67. December 6, 1993 - Near-simultaneous bombing of five trains running between Mumbai, Indraprasth (misnomer: New Delhi/Nayi Dilli), Howrah, Bhagyamathi (misnomer: Hyderabad) and Surat. - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

    • Was it all along about 1993 Blasts Case Convictions?
      On December 6, 1993 – the first anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid – he helped organise the near-simultaneous bombing of five trains running between Mumbai, New Delhi, Howrah, Hyderabad and Surat. Two people were killed, and 22 injured, in the strikes. Mujahideen Islam e-Hind, and until-then unknown group, had claimed responsibility for the 1993 strikes. Minutes after Friday’s bombings, an organisation with a near-identical name – Indian Mujahideen – asserted it had carried out the attacks.

  68. April 20, 1993 - Manzegari, Gondia District - Naxal Maoist Terrorist attack (gun fire)

  69. March 12, 1993 - Mumbai (misnomer: Bombay), Maharashtra - Terrorist attack (multiple Bomb blasts)

  70. June 23, 1985 - Montreal-London-Indraprasth Air India Flight 182, Atlantic Ocean, South of Ireland - Terrorist attack (flight was Bombed). The plane, a Boeing 747-237B (c/n 21473/330, reg VT-EFO) named Emperor Kanishka exploded at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9500 m), crashing into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 329 people on board, of whom 280 were Canadian citizens and 22 were Indian nationals.


  1. Terrorism in India

  2. Air India Flight 182

  3. Major attacks in India since 2003

  4. Terrorism Watch

SHAME on Government of Bharat!!!

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