Corrugated metal sheets stained in Blood

The crumpled piece of yellow and black corrugated metal sheet is stained in blood as shards of glass lie scattered all over the pavement. This November night though pleasant and cool in its exterior has been stark witness to a sinister crime. The only mistake committed by the victims was that they happened to be sleeping on a pavement. The young immature "allegedly" drunken joy riders have struck again, hurling their fast car, fueled on a deadly mix of alcohol and petrol into Mumbai's innocent poor killing them instantly.

According to PTI


Six persons, including two children, were killed and eight others injured when they were run over by a car on Carter Road in Bandra, Mumbai, in the wee hours today.

The incident happened around 3:45 am, the police said, adding that the victims, construction workers from Tamil Nadu, were sleeping on the pavement when a Toyota Corolla mowed them over.

"Three youths have been arrested, of which two, including the driver, tested positive for alcohol," Additional Commissioner of Police (West region) Bipin Bihari said. The accused were returning from a private party, he added.

A case has been registered against Aliston Pereira, (21) who was driving the car, Calvin (18) and Jacob, all residents of Bandra, at Khar police station.

A five-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, three women and a man were among the dead, while six men and two women were injured, the police said, adding that the injured were admitted to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra.




I feel stronger about this story than I usually would. A few days ago I happened to walk pass the encampments where these migrant workers from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu lived. I took this picture of this young girl calling out to her kid brother. I cant help feeling haunted by the fact that the girl in the picture and her brother could possibly be dead. I only hope and pray that they are not among the casualties.




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13 comments:

~River~ said...

One can only hope...
Your photographs are beautiful. I understand now the reason behind the comment on my blog. :)

Devi said...

Oh god, that's heartbreaking and awful. Look at her lovely, innocent, happy face. ...Please keep us posted if you hear anything.

Anonymous said...

Akshay,

I can feel the pain.

-Chandu

Natasha said...

Its just dreadful that the subjects of your picture are now potentially the subjects of a horrible unfortunate crime by some random drunks.

Mayank Austen Soofi said...

Well....lets hope she is not dead.

Anonymous said...

Hey...came across your blog while searching for something about the beating up of hapless visually challenged people by our own gallant Mumbai Police on Nov 13th...seems you are also moved by the travails of the visually impaired & poor people in general...and u have interest in photography..the kind that i like...good pictures...just wanted to know if u linked with any social group.
Shweta

Akshay said...

river - yes one can only hope. What saddens me more is the fact that the accused shows no remorse.

devi - thank you, I'll do that.

Chandu - It is a sad state of events.

natasha - it is pretty haunting - when you photograph someone you share a connection you would not usually share - may be it is connection you would want to build on and it for to be broken in such circumstances is indeed sad.

Mayank -let us hope

Shweta - Did the Mumbai Police actually do that - sad that I've not heard about it. Well to answer your question no I'm not linked with any particular social group atleast not on a permanent basis.

Sumit said...

I came across your blog while looking for girls who would want to be part of a theme based photo shoot I was planning. I'll spare you the shameless plug. I like the way you write, but take this from a fellow bombayite, something I've seen and learnt over time. No one cares. If you see my blog, I have a post asking people not to buy crackers on Diwali. It supports child labour. But do people care? I've repeated the same at my office, but people just say I'm lying.

Anonymous said...

great Blog Akshay .. i just found it out.. will bookmark.

Joshua Lee said...

For me, this incident draws attention to the vast inequities of wealth that you find in such close proximity in a major metropolis like Bombay. In this case, the opulent middle-class youth are not complacent - they are deadly. It reminds me of my recent trip home to Los Angeles.

arvind said...

Just heard that akshay is down with jaundice and has been hospitalised at least for next 3-4 days...he should recover physically in due course but at the moment is feeling devasted as he was due to attend a photography workshop and Angkor Wat Photography festival in Cambodia from Nov 19th onwards ..obviuosly he wont be able to attend either...

Akshay said...

sumit - people usually care when you make them care - that how it works usually.

sandip - thanks glad you stumbled upon the place.

josh - yes they are deadly what scares me more is that they show no remorse afterwards. Their class tells them they are somehow better because they have cars , some how is sense of priveledge will makes them higher than the law.

Karuna said...

Its a beautiful picture...i like the blend of colors with the smile of the little girl, pure happiness! Just loved this picture.

Cheers!