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Day after blasts, it’s business as usual

Hours after four serial bomb blasts, normal life was restored in Pune. Jungli Maharaj road, where the blasts occurred, was as busy and crowded as any other day, with people going to eateries and shops.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2012 01:29 IST
HT Correspondent

Hours after four serial bomb blasts, normal life was restored in Pune. Jungli Maharaj road, where the blasts occurred, was as busy and crowded as any other day, with people going to eateries and shops.

A major arterial road connecting two parts of Pune, JM road witnessed the usual heavy traffic from the morning. Excepting a police team at the sites and their vehicles, no sign of the Wednesday blasts was seen on JM road.

On Thursday morning, the only sign that Pune had experienced blasts was curious people standing outside the blast sites. A huge crowd was seen outside McDonald’s throughout the day.

McDonald’s, where one of the blasts took place, was opened in the morning as on any other day. The staff of Dena Bank, where another blast occurred, reported on time and went about their business. Deccan Gymkhana bus terminus, few metres away from the blast site, also has routine activities with buses leaving on time from early in the morning. All other shops, hotels and commercial establishments opened on time. Kedar Jadhav, manager of a hotel said, “There is no point in closing the hotel. The police have not told us to do so.”

A traffic policeman at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir chowk also confirmed that the number of vehicles crossing the junction was normal. The Deccan Gymkhana area bustles with milk and newspaper vendors early in the morning, and the blasts did not appear to have had any effect on their activities.