Mumbai Diamond Dealers Vow to Defy Terrorists



The Indian gem trade vowed that it would not be deterred after two bombs exploded in the Mumbai diamond and ­jewelry districts July 13.“It is business as usual,” Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council vice chairman Sanjay Kothari tells JCK. “The terrorists want us to get panicked. We will show them that we won’t be.”One of the bombs exploded about 500 meters outside the Panchratna Building, occupied mostly by diamond jewelers in Opera House, the city’s traditional gem district. A second explosion took place in Zaveri Bazaar, a ­market housing numerous local jewelers. A third occurred in a residential district not connected with the industry.According to reports, 26 people were killed and approximately 120 injured in the three explosions. Indian officials have labeled the blasts a terrorist attack. At press time, it was unclear how many industry members were killed or in
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