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Press Trust of India

Mumbai, July 12: A night after the serial bomb blasts ripped through suburban trains killing at least 190 people, life in the city returned to normal today as the train services resumed and schools and colleges remained open.

The stations, scene of yesterday's terrorist attacks which left at least 190 people dead and over 600 injured, were bustling with the commuters.

Train services on the Western line resumed from Churchgate to Borivili, passing through some of the stations near where high-intensity blasts tore through first class compartments of local trains between 6 pm and 6.30 pm yesterday.

"As for the local trains, train services have resumed from Churchgate to Borivili and from Virar to Naigaon. All trains on the Central line are on time," railway control room sources said.

"However, only the Gujarat Express which leaves at 8.30 am. From Mumbai Central has departed. All other long-distance trains on the Western line are not running," the sources said.

Even as the city and Maharashtra remained on red alert and tight security prevailed at airport and railway stations, educational institutions and offices were working as usual.

The city saw a spate of VIP visitors last night which included Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Leader of Opposition L K Advani visited Bhabha Hospital and incident spots this morning.

Prasad announced a compensation of Rs five lakh and a job to the next of kin of the deceased.


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