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The cabbie who survived

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | August 26, 2003 14:18 IST

If he hadn't stepped out of his taxi for a stroll, Shiv Narayan Pande would have been blown to bits.

The cabbie who survived Monday's bomb blast at the Gateway of India is a "simple, hardworking man", his friends Akhilesh Mishra and Gyanendra Pande say.

The duo --fellow cabbies at the Khar West taxi stand --said Pande would not have been in the taxi under normal circumstances. He only drove it on Sundays; the other six days he was driver to a private vehicle.

But on August 24, Sunday, Gyanendra said, Pande had got two 'good' passengers -- a couple who paid him well, and asked him to pick them up at Andheri on Monday.

As he had his routine job, Pande asked a friend to pick up the couple. The friend was sick, and Pande, remembering the handsome amount the couple had paid earlier, decided to go himself.

Pande is currently in police custody. His friends have no idea where he is, or when he will be released.

He has two sons who are mentally retarded, his friends said. The family lives in Poisar Kandivli.



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Sub: The cabbie who survived.................................................

He survived the bomb blast.But will he survive the police interogation....or the speculation of the world.....He is considered as a hardworking person by his friends.But ...


Posted by Daphne





Sub: People realize your responsibility

Denizens of Mumbai ... and rest of India .. its time you realize that you can no longer be a silnet spectator and hope that ...


Posted by iamconcerned





Sub: Pool all the resources

The cabbie can lead to a vital clue. He'll certainly recognise the face of the couple or atleast their stature. The CBI and other civil ...


Posted by Arun





Sub: the cabbie person

Its so sad that the poor are troubled and the actual culprit escapes... I think the police need to find the couple as early as ...


Posted by shubadra





Sub: Amount of info. in articles

The articles are excellent and informative to all...including the brains behind the blasts. Can we be less revealing..what if they track Pande's family & blackmail ...


Posted by RKGurav




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