Bombay came to a standstill earlier today, to remember those who were killed last week. Even after the 1993 bombings, I don't recall this kind of display of solidarity.
The entire city came to a standstill at 6.25 pm, the time of the first explosion at Mahim station last Tuesday, mourning silently for the over 200 people who died in the terror attacks. More than 270 sirens wailed for a minute at 6.24 pm to signal the two minute homage. Short text messages were sent by the Maharashtra government asking citizens to observe the two-minute silence. All traffic came to a halt, no flights landed or took off and trains on the Central, Western and Harbour lines stopped in their tracks for two minutes. The President, accompanied by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, Governor S M Krishna and senior railway officials also laid wreaths at a specially erected memorial plaque at Mahim station. Theatres stopped screening films and shopping malls stopped business for two minutes. Muslim organisation Raza Academy said it would release pigeons and white baloons from Minara mosque in South Mumbai as a sign of peace.Here's the story from Asianews.