Bombaywallah & Mumbaikar Discuss (10): Are Malegaon Bomb Blasts Linked To Mumbai Train Blasts?
Two friends – Bombaywallah & Mumbaikar – discuss whether the bomb blasts in Malegaon on Friday are linked to the Bombay train blasts.
Mumbaikar: There was a bomb blast in Malegaon yesterday. The bombs were rigged to bicycles near a burial ground, where Muslims had aggregated for the festival of Shab-e-Baraat. 37 people are dead and 200 injured so far.
Bombaywallah: That’s really sad. Where is Malegaon?
Mumbaikar: Malegaon is a Muslim dominated town near Nasik, 160 km north of Mumbai, known for its communal tension.
Bombaywallah: Ah! I have been thinking of visiting the vineyards at Nasik. But you have relatives in Nasik, don’t you? Is everything OK in Nasik? Is everything OK in Bombay?
Mumbaikar: Yes, things seem to be under control. The government has put the entire state on high alert. They imposed a curfew in Malegaon yesterday, but have lifted in today. In Mumbai, there were rumors of rioting in Mahim last night, but the police have been deployed on the streets and no significant disturbances have happened. Also, Muslim religious leaders have urged people to maintain calm and communal harmony.
Bombaywallah: It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the blasts have been masterminded to increase the communal divide, especially since they have happened so soon after the Bombay train blasts. I’m happy, though, that everybody has behaved sensibly so far.
Mumbaikar: I’m keeping my fingers crossed, if you ask me.
I overheard them outside the domestic airport, as Mumbaikar picked up Bombaywallah from the arrival terminal. I have never seen them so subdued, these two.