[Marxism] NYT: Train Bombers Focused on Mumbai Business Class
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Thu Jul 13 13:08:46 MDT 2006
New York Times
July 13, 2006 Train Bombers Focused on Mumbai Business Class By SOMINI SENGUPTA
MUMBAI, India, July 12 A bank worker did not make it home. A would-be software developer rested on a hospital gurney waiting for doctors to repair a broken arm. An engineer, fresh from meeting with a client, lay in a hospital morgue, recognizable by a ring on his finger.
As Indias magnet city quietly arose Wednesday on the morning after a series of eight bombings along its suburban commuter train line, a closer portrait of a carefully calibrated crime emerged. The bombers, it turned out, systematically chose first-class mens compartments, poking a poisoned finger in the eye of the citys white-collar establishment.
The bombers, who remain unknown, most likely used militarystyle plastic explosives, the Indian authorities said. The synchronized nature of the blasts during the evening rush hour, intelligence experts said, pointed to the use of timers. As of Wednesday the toll stood at 183 killed and 700 wounded.
Judging by the lists of those casualties posted at city hospitals, the victims were overwhelmingly male and mostly working age. Judging by the testimony of their friends and relatives, most were habitual first-class passengers.
If attacking the trains was an attempt to break the lifeline of Mumbai, then picking these compartments was a pointed attempt to cripple the men who stoke the citys roaring economy bankers, stockbrokers, accountants, engineers.
They actually wanted upper-class people to suffer this time, Ronak Gandhi, 21, observed. His brother, Chintan, 25, lay inside Lilavati Hospital in the wealthy northern suburb of Bandra, suffering from a broken arm and internal bleeding.
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