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Eyewitness: 'I could be dead'

A series of bombings in the city of Jaipur in western India has killed 63 people and injured hundreds.

People at the site of the blasts told the BBC News website of their narrow escape and the carnage they had witnessed.

MOHAMMAD TAHIR, DOCTOR

Jaipur injured in the blast
Doctors and nurses tend the wounded
I was around 100 feet away from the blast when it went off. I was on my way to my aunt's house when my mobile phone rang.

I stopped to take the call. That saved my life.

If I hadn't taken the call, I could be one of the injured or dead. It was a huge explosion. For a second it was a flash. I was confused.

Suddenly, I realised it was something else. It took about 30 seconds to realise but there were half-torn legs, arms, fingers all over.

Everybody started to panic. I am a doctor and I live in the hostel of the biggest medical college in town. So I took my bike and went there.

It was complete mayhem at the hospital. A lot of bodies were coming in, the casualty section was piled up with bodies.

I was helping in any way I could - bandaging, counselling people.

There were shrapnel injuries in chests and faces, one guy had a spinal injury and I put a neck collar on him.

Everything has stabilised now. The hospital has shifted people to different wards. It is very much under control. All the students of the medical college helped a lot. In half an hour, there were more doctors than were needed.

Some of us left so as not to crowd the wards.

But even while we were helping people, we didn't realise that we were in shock as well.

PUSHPA MOOLCHANDANI, SHOP OWNER

I was at the scene of a blast. I was in my shop with my brother. It is just in front of the blast site.

People who were outside on the road were helping remove the bodies
There was a really big sound. We didn't know what it was. This is the first time we heard a bomb blast.

We saw the smoke in front of our eyes. A man flew up in the air - it seemed like five our six feet. He was just a man who sold snacks on the street.

People were running here and there. There was blood. People who were outside on the road were helping remove the bodies and take them to hospital.

We were so terrified. We didn't even switch off the shop lights. We just put the shutter down and got into the car and fled.

At night we went to hospital to donate blood. When we got there, there were many other people there to donate blood too.

JITENDRA MADHAV, SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL, 28

I heard the first blast from a few miles away. I immediately made my way home. On my way home I passed the blast site and saw terrible scenes.

Bodies were scattered around and some people were running over the bodies
I saw people running everywhere. People were running away without even closing their shops and offices. They were just running to safe places.

Nobody here knows what a bomb blast is like. We are not used to it.

I saw small children walking around alone. The scene was full of dust. Bodies were scattered around and some people were running over the bodies.

That was very shocking.

Then the police stepped up their activity. They stopped and diverted traffic. Now, the town is under curfew and the police are looking for more bombs. There is concern for everyone.



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