'People took pictures instead of helping out’
We were in the middle of a meeting in our office right opposite Kabutarkhana, Dadar, when we heard a huge ‘boom’. I first thought the roof of our office building had collapsed. We rushed outside to find people running helter-skelter.
We could hear the screams of people injured. The bus standing at the bus stop where the blast took place was completely damaged. The windows were shattered, and there were glass pieces and blood on the road.
I saw a woman with her ear cut open. It was a gruesome sight. We gathered the injured but could not find a cab to take them to a hospital. One cab driver refused to take the injured to the hospital. An angry crowd beat him up, after which the driver agreed to take us to KEM Hospital. We had rounded up nearly six injured people. We later heard that one of them died at the hospital.
The traffic police were regulating traffic but not a single cop ventured near the site of the bomb blast. After ten minutes of the blast, the fire brigade arrived on the scene and the police cordoned off the area. However, most people were busy taking pictures on their cell phones rather than helping out. Initially, we thought the blast was due to a cylinder bursting in a private car, but news poured in that it was a bomb blast and had occurred in other places as well.
Jayant Jain, president of NGO Forum for Fairness in Dadar (West)
‘Daughter couldn’t stop crying’
I had just finished some domestic shopping at Dadar market with my wife and two-year-old daughter. We were planning to eat bhelpuri at the corner of D’Silva school (five minutes away from the blast site) but decided against it due to the traffic and rains. Instead, we walked into an inner lane and escaped the tragedy. The sound of the blast made us shiver. People were running in a state of panic and I decided to take my family home. It took more than an hour to calm down my daughter who couldn’t stop crying.
Paresh Thirkud, resident, Cadell Road, Dadar (West)
‘It knocked me senseless’
I was talking on the phone when the blast rocked my building. Soon after the explosion, I stopped my conversation on the phone and came out to the balcony to see what had happened. All I could see was a cloud of black smoke rising in the air. I was speechless for sometime. After regaining my senses, I called my brother.
When the smoke cleared and I could see something of the site, I saw the body of a plumpish man lying inverted on the street. I thought he was dead but when people in the vicinity came for the rescue, they detected some motion in his body. A taxi driver was asked to take the body to hospital. He seemed hesitant. But then some volunteers took the body to hospital in a taxi. The injured body of a sari-clad woman was carried on a yellow tarpaulin sheet, put inside another taxi and taken to hospital.
Chandrika Bauwa, resident of a building close to Hanuman Mandir bus stop in Dadar (West)