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Shocked and Angry Mumbai Mourns Victims of Terror
The bomb blasts that ripped through three locations in Mumbai on July 13 have once again shown how vulnerable the premier commercial city of the country is. Though time and again the denizens of Mumbai have endured, picked up the threads and carried on with resilience and fortitude, it is clear to everyone concerned that stringent steps need to be taken to prevent such attacks in the future. Diamond World condoles the loss of life, limb and property of the victims of the blasts.
By: Diamond World News Service
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Aug 18 2011 3:00PM
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It was like the recurrence of a nightmare when the news of the three bomb blasts reverberated through the city. Of these, two were targeted at the diamond and jewellery business districts of Mumbai – one at Zaveri Bazaar, the traditional centre of the jewellery trade, and the other at Opera House the heart of the city’s diamond business. The third took place at Dadar, a busy commuter and shopping hub. In the three attacks, over 20 people lost their lives and about 140-150 were injured, many of them grievously, having lost limbs or suffered serious burns. Though it is fortunate that the casualties were not as widespread as could have been, given how crowded the areas are, the loss of life, limb and property as a result of terror attacks, howsoever limited, cannot be tolerated.

Several trade bodies within and outside the country came forward immediately to offer both condolences and real support to the victims of the blasts. The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) put out a press release by chairman Rajiv Jain which said, “On behalf of GJEPC and the entire gem & jewellery community of India, I convey our most heartfelt condolences to the citizens of Mumbai, following the dastardly terrorist attacks which struck Mumbai yesterday evening. GJEPC’s deepest sympathy goes out to the families and friends of all those who have lost their lives or are injured in this senseless devastation and cowardly act.”

Jain affirmed that “the industry is not deterred and cannot be brow-beaten with such acts of cowardice and will continue to work with the entire business community and the consumers alike – to ensure that such acts are not allowed to disrupt stability in the diamond and jewellery markets in India” and that “the GJEPC stands ready to assume its responsibility to work with all the stakeholders of the industry, the people of Mumbai and the government for ensuring the stability, the well-being and security of the diamond and jewellery business districts of Mumbai at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House.”

The All India Gem & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) held a meeting on Friday 15th “to discuss security measures required to avoid such tragedies”. The need for CCTVs in Zaveri Bazaar was discussed amongst other issues and an initial relief fund of Rs. 10 lakh was floated, which will be added to by more jewellers. While a bandh was observed in the diamond and jewellery districts on the same day, the GJF organised a Peace March on Monday July 18th, to offer “shraddhanjali” (tribute), to the victims who lost their lives.

The Gem & Jewellery National Relief Foundation, a body floated by diamond and jewellery exporters to provide relief to victims of national calamities and tragedies, has also decided to provide relief to victims of the blasts, whether from within or outside the industry.

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