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The day after, an eerie silence in the Pink City
May 14, 2008 13:43 IST
Last Updated: May 14, 2008 13:45 IST
The Pink City of Jaipur, which turned red on Tuesday evening as eight serial bomb blasts ripped through the city, wore a deserted look on Wednesday.
Instead of the usual hustle-bustle of traffic and tourists on the roads, khaki-clad men and firemen, engaged in taking the blood stains off the road, were seen at work.
Even though curfew has been imposed in just 15 police stations areas in the district, the entire city bore an eerie silence.
People are trying to come to terms with the city becoming a terror target and the loss of over 60 lives.
Meanwhile, forensic officials were seen shuffling through the remains of the blast along with the policemen, who kept a strict vigil early morning.
Barricades have been put up along the city border and a thorough check is being conducted on vehicles entering and leaving the city.
Though the rush at the hospitals has come down, the relatives of those dead and injured were still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.
"I was making golgappas when suddenly I heard a sound. My customer was ripped apart right in front of me while I lay down bleeding," said a hawker who was being treated at one of the city hospitals.
A priest at Hanuman [Images] temple in Tripolia Bazar, where one of the bombs exploded, recounts the horror.
"I was inside when I heard a loud explosion. I rushed out, thinking a tyre might have busted, instead I saw blood splattered around with severed bodies lying outside and then I heard another explosion and rushed inside," the priest said.
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