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Malegaon returning to normalcy after blasts

Daily life continued unaffected with roadside shops leading to Bada Kabrastan, operating as usual.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 19:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Less than 24 hours after four blasts shook Malegaon, it is limping back to normalcy with shops open near the blast sites and people coming out in large numbers to offer evening prayers in mosques.

Daily life continued unaffected with shops on the roads leading to Bada Kabrastan, which witnessed an explosion, conducting business as usual.

Many locals said they had to get on with life despite the explosions on Friday which killed 31 people and injured 297.

"We cannot afford to shut the shop.We have to go about our daily business. Otherwise who will feed my family?" asked Ansari Rizwan, whose shop-cum-residence is situated just outside the mosque, near where one of the blasts occurred.

It is seemingly just another day for the town, except for the large security presence and visits by several VIPs.

However, the administration is not taking chances and the powerloom town still resembles a fortress, especially with the presence of a State Reserve Police (SRP) company right outside the masjid, near where another explosion took place.

First Published: Sep 09, 2006 19:48 IST