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?There was blood everywhere?

A loud blast. Then smoke, blood, the acrid smell of burning flesh and screams. These commuters lived to tell about 11/7.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 12:56 IST

A loud blast. Then smoke, blood, the acrid smell of burning flesh and screams. These commuters lived to tell about 11/7.

“I’m probably the only person who has survived on compartment No. 4 (first-class). I was on the footboard when the coach blew up at Mahim. The force of the blast threw me on to the platform — that is how I survived. There was just blood everywhere.”  — Chandrakant Dalvi, 50, lawyer  (in Mahim)

“I had a lucky escape. I couldn’t get into the first-class compartment and had to seek a second-class seat in the Borivali Fast Train which blew up at Mahim. There were bodies lying around.  This is a second life for me.” 
 — Rishi Mathuria, mass-media student (in Mahim)

“I was going to Kandivali and was in the first-class coach. Suddenly there was a massive blast. A ceiling fan hit my head. When I recovered, I saw just blood, bodies and severed limbs. I had lost my cellphone but there were several lying around. I tried dialling them to call my family but the phones were all dead.”  — Kamlesh Shah, 54, businessman (in Bandra)