Mumbai: The memories of local train blasts of 2006 came back to haunt Mumbaikars as three synchronised blasts rocked busy markets in the central and southern areas here, two days after the fifth anniversary of the 7/11 blasts.

At Dadar, the blast took place at a bus stop, in the busy market area, damaging a substantial portion of the structure injuring several people.

Splattered blood, glass shrapnels, damaged vehicles, dazed and bleeding people were seen at the blast site.

Policemen swamped the area with their bomb and vapour detection gadgets and armoured vehicles within minutes of the explosion.

A Maruti Esteem car with shattered windscreen and damaged boot, which reportedly had three people in it, was parked close to the bus stop.

The blast site, a stone's throw from the Plaza, a big shopping area of central Mumbai, saw huge commotion as the explosion was followed by sparks in an electric meter box at
the bus stand.

A shopowner Sadashiv Kamble said he saw three people sitting in the car. "Everything came upon me. I immediately ran for my life," Kamble said.

"I heard a loud explosion. I saw people having serious injuries lying in a pool of blood," another eyewitness said.

The other two blasts occured at Opera House and the busy Zaveri Bazaar. At about 6:45 pm, the first explosion took place at Shakeel Memon street in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which 25 persons were injured,
Mumbai Police spokesman Nisar Tamboli said.

The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops. Some locals in Zaveri Bazaar claimed the explosive was kept in a motorcycle.

Celebrated poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar condemned the bomb blasts saying it is not "acceptable".

"I have just been informed about it. There are no word strong enough to condemn the act. This is the time we check the menace called terrorism. It happened, again and then
again. Something needs to be done. It is not acceptable," he said.

Theatre personality and ad-guru Alyque Padamsee also advocated for stringent measures to stop terrorism.

"This is time that government now must take measures much stricter this time than they took before... The point is that they (terrorist) feel that there is no other way they can
bring government to its knees than killing innocent people," he said.

"It is worst thing that you can commit in any religion whether it is Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. The worst crime is to kill people," Padamsee said. At Zaveri Bazar, the blast took place at Khau Galli, outside a stall called Mohanbhai, where people were busy munching on evening snacks after peak office hours.

"The entire lane was splashed with blood... There were four-five mutilated bodies lying around and people were fleeing the spot in fear," Vijay, a carpenter, said.

A loud explosion was heard around 1845 hours at Opera House, according to eyewitness Hardik Hundya and Jayesh Lavdhi, a member of the Mumbai Diamond Merchant Association.

As Lavdhi rushed down from his office at the Panchratna building, he saw injured men and shards of glass lying around and tried helping them out as chaos ruled the spot.

Both the spots were immediately cordoned off as police and forensic experts combed the area for clues. Fire brigade officials launched a rescue operation and shifted the injured
to the J J Hospital and St George Hospitals.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse, who visited the Opera House blast site, appealed to people to maintain calm and help those injured in whatever way they could.

(Agencies)