When Mumbai Paralysed; Swayamsevaks spring into action

published on December 5, 2008

Immediately after
confirmation of the Mumbai terror attack at 10:30 pm on 26th November, RSS swayamsevaks
reached GT Hospital and JJ Hospital.

GT Hospital:

a. Number of Volunteers: 15
b. Nature of work: First aid and primary care for injured, informing relatives of
the injured people.
c. This hospital was also targeted by terrorists. Initially injured police personnel
who were deployed around the hospital were brought into the hospital. Later on
the other injured personnel were sent to BombayHospital
d. Volunteers arranged tea for all the police personnel and their relatives at
2 am
e. Volunteers distributed drinking water bottles immediately to the police and
other agencies.
f. For helping the injured and their families, the first and only volunteers to
reach the hospitals at night were Sangh volunteers and Shiv Sena. All
these  volunteers, officers of BJP, worked fearlessly amid heavy shooting
without worrying about their own lives.
g. Doctors and police were seen working in coordination with Sangh volunteers
h. The rear side of the GT Hospital was also attacked. Attackers stormed into houses
of 2 employees and shot them. 3 were injured, but employees did not show any
fear. Everybody wanted to fight the terrorists.

JJ Hospital:

a. Main Volunteers: 15
b. Total Sangh Parivar volunteers: 125
c. Nature of work: Blood donation, help in emergency ward, coordination with
various agencies, information passing to families of the injured, crowd
control, helping police keep law and order in general public.
d. Total 200 bottles of blood were collected. 125 bottles were collected
from Sangh volunteers

e. 10 volunteers helped nurses, doctors and physicians in Emergency wards
f. Volunteers helped in informing family members about injured people, coordinating
with police for such work.
g. 125 volunteers provided help at JJ hospital. In this effort, many Sangh parivar
organizations as well as BJP, & Shiv Sena were present.
h. At JJ Hospital, prominent activists including Kirit Somayya donated blood.

Mandavi Area (Near Masjit Railway station and Sandhurst Road Railway

a. Volunteers: 65
b. Due to the attacks, all train services were stopped immediately. Thousands
of passengers were stranded in trains. Sangh volunteers made food and stay
arrangements for passengers stuck between Masjid Bunder Station and Chhatrapati
Shivaji Terminus. Stay arrangements for about 120 passengers was made at the RaghunathMandirTemple.
Separate arrangements were also made for ladies. For all these passengers and commuters,
food expenses were borne by the volunteers themselves.Volunteers went to the
railway station and informed all passengers about the arrangements made for them.
c. There were several passengers bound for destinations outside Mumbai in long
distance trains. Sangh volunteers made transport arrangements to take them up
to Dadar station.




a. Blood donation was not required here.
b. Here several volunteers from Kolaba Machhimaar Nagar distributed food packets
to Police. On 26th and 27th November, about 225 packets of Pulav were
distributed to injured people and their relatives. The next day, on 27th
November, volunteers distributed 500 packets of Pulav at JJ Hospital and at St.GeorgeHospital.
c. The volunteering effort was being managed by BJP leader Shri Kirit Rajput.


a. Injured Police and foreign nationals were admitted here. Some seriously injured
were also brought here.
b. On 27th November, on receiving information from the hospital, volunteers from
Nana Palkar Rugna Seva Samiti and Vila Parle chapter of Sangh arranged for
blood donation. 30 people participated in the donation drive. This included 3
ladies and rare blood groups such as A (-ve) was also collected.
c. The volunteering effort
at BombayHospital was managed by BJP leader Kamlakar

Nariman Bhavan:


During the attack on
Nariman Bhavan, some local residents tried to defend and repel the attackers.
In the process, BJP volunteer Harish Gohil was hit by terrorist bullets and
died. Terrorists also lobbed grenades on the crowd. In the grenade attack, BJP
leader Prakash Surve was injured.

(Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Mumbai- Translated from Hindi)


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