Mumbai was rocked by several incidents of firing at four different public places on Wednesday night. All incidents were within a radius of three kms in the posh South Mumbai.
At the time of the filing this report, 15 people were injured but no deaths were reported.
The first incident of firing was reported at Leopold Cafe, a well-known watering hole for tourists and foreigners in Colaba.
The second incident was near Taj Mahal [Images] hotel, the third was near Oberoi hotel in Nariman Point and the fourth one was at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.
No one including the police will confirm the reason behind the firing except the fact that some unknown people started firing indiscriminately.
Eyewitness also said that some grenades were thrown at a police van and also of two bomb blasts near the Oberoi hotel but it was not confirmed by officials.
The Mumbai police have cordoned off all the areas.
A blast was also reported in Vile Parle in suburban Mumbai
Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti confirmed the shootout at Colaba but did not give out details.
Two persons armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades are reportedly holed up inside CST station.
Sounds of gunshots are still being heard. Hundreds of onlookers gathered outside the station. The station and premises have been evacuated
Sources in the Cuffe Parade police station said that the police was still looking for the miscreants behind the firing at Colaba Causeway.
Eyewitnesses said that they heard at least 20 shots in CST station. Policemen and ambulances have rushed to the affected areas, they said.
A resident of Colaba and an eyewitness to some of the incidents said, "The police got news that there were explosions at the BMC headquarters in Lion Gate in South Mumbai. When the police arrived, the gangsters/terrorists fired at the police. As the police started chasing them towards the CST station, they opened indiscriminate fire."
There were reports of explosions from the BMC headquarter, Oberoi Hotel and Colaba Market.