Blasts in Mumbai’s local trains.
Seven blasts in Mumbai’s local trains. Matunga, Bandra, Khar, Jogeshwari, Borivli, Bhayandar and between Khar-Bandra over the Khar subway. The blasts happened at peakhour when most of Mumbai’s working population returns home using the local trains. Reports vary – 35 to 50 people are dead, and countless injured. But to those of us who have seen the local trains, we know that the figures are much much higher.
There are injured and dead people lying on the tracks. No police in the picture, no fire brigades. Its the local people, the shopkeepers and the people wo live close to the house who are coming into help. Carrying bodies both alive and dead in bedhseets. Some tiny bundles, perhaps with limbs within, or maybe children.
Whom were you trying to target? The working class men who struggle for an inch of space in local trains? The working women who knit and cut vegetables in trains on their way home? Young, dreamy students discussing exams and love? The babies accompanying their mothers, smiling back at the women around them?
Darkness is fast falling. Its raining like it will not stop. Will the rains wash away the blood? Will tomorrow be a new day. Here’s to lost lifes and broken dreams.