Two days after the twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad, shopkeepers and locals are determined to get life back to normalcy. While curious locals continued to throng the blast site, shopkeepers decided to open their shops on Saturday.
“I opened the shop today because we want to defeat the cowards who carried out the blasts,” said M Murtuza, who has a general store at the Dilsukhnagar market.
“Their aim was to destroy the market, and create fear in the mind of people. We want to show them that we are not scared,” said Murtuza, whose shop is barely 10 metres from the blast site near the bus stop. He escaped unhurt because he was not at the shop on Thursday.
For some the blasts came as a shock. “I had just finished watching a Telugu serial on the television at my shop, when I heard a noise. I first thought a bus tyre had burst and was stepping out when I heard the second blast,” said T Ashok, a bag seller just opposite the blast site near Konark theatre.
All that Ashok could see was fire emanating from Anand Tea corner and people running.
Karan Mor, another businessman said, “I was busy with my customers when I heard a loud sound. When I came out, I saw bodies lying in a pool of blood, and injured people screaming for help.”
Mor was particularly critical of the Hyderabad police. “I have a CCTV installed to monitor our shop premises. After the blasts, policemen came asking for the footage. I almost got into an altercation with them when I told them that I do not record any footage.”
Mor said whenever the police gets a alert, they should tell the shopkeepers to take extra care. “I am not asking them to publicise a terror alert. But there are about a 1,000 shops in the market, and if the police just tell the big businessmen to take precautions, incidents like these blasts can be easily prevented.”