New Delhi, July 10: A new book presents a blow-by-blow account of the events that led to Mumbai 7/11 train bombings 10 years ago, profiles the people involved in the horrific blasts and describes how the plot was unearthed by police.
"Six Minutes of Terror: The Untold Story Of The 7/11 Mumbai Train Blasts" by journalists Nazia Sayed and Sharmeen Hakim and published by Penguin Random House India is billed as an exhaustive and objective account of the blasts and the case that followed.
Seven blasts in a span of only six minutes rocked the city at seven railway stations, killing 189 people and injuring over 700.
The book also tries to delve into the minds of the home-grown terrorists who created unprecedented havoc and claimed innocent lives, the publishers said. The 7/11 bombings were one of the deadliest terror attacks Mumbai had seen after the 1993 blast.
The attacks orchestrated by the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba were aimed to cripple the city by attacking its lifeline - the local train. "Nearly 70 lakh people hop on board a 'Mumbai Local', as the suburban trains are called, every day.
The suburban network chiefly consists of a clutter of disorganised lines added to a showpiece of colonial mass transit planning. Sometimes decrepit, its tracks flooded annually in Mumbai's monsoon, its infrastructure creaking under the pressure, the system somehow continues to function, effectively enough for the millions of Mumbaikars to call it the financial capital's lifeline," the book says.
"In fact the overcrowded trains actually trump the city's potholed roads and traffic snarls, and thousands of car owners will occasionally leave their private vehicles at home to take a train and get to work on time.
It's the busiest railway network in the world, the oldest in Asia, and whether it's a glitch in the overhead equipment or inundated tracks, when the Mumbai Local is stalled, the megacity grinds to a halt too," it says.