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‘We didn’t shut shop after blast as people would panic’

Last updated on: July 15, 2011 18:03 IST
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The road near the bus stop where the blast occured in Dadar has been cordoned off

Hours after Wednesday’s blasts, Abhishek Mande visits the three sites at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House only to discover that there isn’t a feeling of anger on the streets of Mumbai but rather a sense of deep hopelessnes.

In Dadar, the SK Bole Road — one that houses the Antonio Da Silva High School and a long line of hardware and glass stores — leads to what is called the Gol Mandir.

The Gol Mandir is an interesting place of worship.It has on one of its walls, a crucifix and among other deities the temple houses are statues of Lord Hanuman and Dattatreya that face eastwards away from the spot where the blasts took place. Their gaze is in the direction of a mosque situated across the road.

On Wednesday, while hundreds of passers-by were paying their respects to the various gods at the junction, an IED went off less than 25 metres away from this ‘secular’ circle. The bus stop where the device was placed was ripped. A little over 20 hours after the blast took place, the SK Bole Road has been cordoned. But it was business as usual on the streets.

Chaya Mohite, who works in a photo studio overlooking Kabutarkhana, which a few metres away from the Gol Mandir, said, "Everyone thought the blast happened in Kabutarkhana. That wasn’t the case. I did hear the blast but we were not really affected," she said.

After the blast, Mohite’s boss wanted to shut the studio for the day, but he was advised against it. Another employee, Shrikesh Prajapati, told me that the police insisted that the shop remain open. "If people saw shut shops, it would add to the panic," Prajapati said.

That was pretty much the case with all other establishments not just along Kabutarkhana but also along Ranade Road — the street that runs parallel to the railway line — and along all the smaller lanes connecting it to the station.

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Image: The road near the bus stop where the blast occured in Dadar has been cordoned off
Photographs: Abhishek Mande/


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