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Normality returns to Mumbai but not the tourists

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Normality returns to Mumbai but not the tourists


A sense of normality is returning to the streets of Mumbai, just a day after the Indian forces succeeded in putting down a militant insurrection.

On Wednesday the Café Leopold was packed with customers watching the cricket when it was stormed by gunmen who threw grenades and fired indiscriminately. Eight people lost their lives.

One might think people would be too nervous to return so soon after the bloodshed. But diners were keen to prove the point that they would not be cowed by the actions of terrorists.

But the police closed the cafe after less than an hour insisting the customers were getting in the way of the murder investigation.

Throughout Mumbai other businesses were empty.

“We feel really bad about this,” said one shop owner. “Because it will affect everything, our business too. We are scared because our business depends on tourism.”

He was echoing the fears of so many others like him. “We’ll bounce back,” Mumbai’s businessmen are saying. But there was little evidence of any tourists on the streets today.

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