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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Carnage and courage in Mumbai
A series of co-ordinated bomb attacks on Mumbai's local train network on Tuesday killed 200 people.

Prashant Singh was in the second-class compartment of the train that was bombed at Bandra station.

He describes the immediate aftermath of the explosion and his eerie journey to work the day after the bombings.


Train commuters travel in Mumbai
Prashant Singh said passengers were subdued on Wednesday

I will never forget what I have seen. I was on board the 1808, the train that was bombed at Bandra station.

It is my luck that I was in the second-class compartment and the explosion was in the first-class compartment.

The explosion happened at 1824 exactly. Our compartment was filled with thick black smoke. When it cleared, I saw the dead. There were people lying on the tracks with no clothes, there were dismembered bodies - scenes too gruesome to describe. I counted seven dead.

There was immediate panic. People in my compartment jumped from the running train and fell on top of one another on the adjacent track.

Everybody in our compartment was very upset. Nobody was in their right mind.

Before the train came to a halt, I too jumped off.

But what could I do? I saw people very seriously injured and I had to show some courage, I had to help. The people who live in small houses at the side of the track came out to help the injured too. They carried sheets and stretchers and took water to the injured.

I helped one injured man whose hand was badly burnt. I took him to somebody who could transport him to hospital. The police came after a very short time.

There was a deathly silence in the compartments
There was chaos at the site, people were running everywhere. But I saw great goodness in Indian people helping each other.

I was not able to go home that day so I went to relatives elsewhere in Mumbai.

Back to work

In the morning the trains had started. I decided I would immediately return to normal despite what I had experienced. I am not afraid of death. So, I took the train in the morning to Andheri station.

There was a deathly silence in the compartments. I noticed there were fewer people on the trains and in the stations. It was very strange.

Trains are normally very busy and can be very interesting to travel on. It was not like that today.

Even if not everybody has returned to the trains, I have no choice. I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I came to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh to help support my family. I have to go to work every day.

So I am fearless. If I am afraid, how could I go to work and live?





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