“How dare they touch Pune?”, fumed an angry and anguished Swaroopa Sanap, a Pune youngster, on popular social networking website Facebook, a day after a blast ripped through the popular German bakery in the city leaving nine people dead.
Hapless and angry, hundreds of people – mostly youngsters – gave vent to their emotions in the virtual world after the blast took place.
A community created on Facebook, 'In Memory of those who died in the Pune Koregaon Park bomb blast', just hours after the terror bombing, immediately registered 1,339 members and is adding on more.
One of the members, Shivdeep Deokar, wrote how he tried to help the victims after the blast took place.
“I was at the German Bakery 5 minutes after the bomb blast. Tried to help a lot of people there. My house is in lane five (at a distance from the bakery) but I felt the vibrations till my house. We rushed to see what's wrong… there were around 10 to 15 bodies lying on the road,” Deokar described.
Sharing his predicament, he wrote: “Did not know what to do. Only four cops were there. There were not less than 20-25 bodies, but reports say it's much less.”
The Koregaon park where the German bakery is located, is a popular hangout zone for youngsters since it has a number of pubs, lounges and cafes. The area is often called a foodie's delight.
Even as the city's youngsters opened up their hearts in the virtual world, strangers offered condolences and motivation to fight back.
Said Akash Narangi: “Our city, our German bakery blown up – how dare these people torch anything and everything? What are our politicians doing? If our home ministry knew that Pune was a target, why didn't they do anything to prevent it?”
Replied Ananya Sengupta of Delhi: “Don't worry, Pune and German Bakery will fight back.”
The Facebook group has sent out a message to observe five minutes silence at 7.15 p.m. Sunday – the time of the blast Saturday – in memory of those who were killed and injured in the blast.
At least 60 people were also injured in the blast, including 10 foreign nationals.