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When politicians come to visit

July 13, 2006
Bhagwati Hospital, where most victims of the blasts at Borivali station were taken, is a picture of grief. There are groups of people huddled everywhere. Some include local politicians, others comprise visiting patients, relatives of the deceased or injured, and a few bystanders.

Still, it is a lot less frightening than it was 24 hours ago.

A little after we reach the hospital, Mumbai Mayor Datta Dalvi stops by, along with Shiv Sena activists Vinod Gosalkar and Sunil Prabhu. They are shown into Medical Superintendent Mahendra Wadiwala's room, but soon emerge to accuse the media of showing people complaining that there was no one to help victims, adding that Sena activists were on the streets to help.

We walk into the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where three patients who are seriously injured have been admitted. The identity of two victims is still unknown. One is a small boy aged about 10, the other is in his mid-thirties. Both are badly injured and still unconscious. The child has no documents, but the man has a mobile phone with a dead battery. The minute it is charged, people on his caller list will be informed. Surprisingly, hours after the blast, something so small and potentially life-saving has yet to be done.

Reportage: Patcy N | Photographs: Uday Kuckian
Also read: Complete coverage: The Mumbai blasts
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