CNN-IBN correspondent Jency Jacob was aboard one of commuter trains earlier today when the explosions occurred on multiple rails outside of Mubai, India. In the transcript below Mr. Jency describes what he experienced and witnessed when the explosions took place, including his observations of what he saw in the first class compartment which bore the brunt of the explosion.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you come to terms with what you saw, what, less than four hours ago, Jency?
JENCY JACOB, CNN-IBN CORRESPONDENT: Well, as journalists, we’re always proud about the fact that we are on the spot every time. But this is one train journey, not only just the passenger, my co-passengers, but even I would like to forget. Because I was just one compartment.
It was the first class compartment that — that bore the brunt of the entire explosion. Beyond, it was the woman’s compartment. And after that was the compartment in which I was traveling, between Santa Cruz and Khar (ph).
The train suddenly came to a stop because there was a — there was a loud noise which nearly busted your eardrums. There was total panic.
There was silence for about — nearly for about 30 seconds, then people could not comprehend what had happened. And suddenly, people started jumping out of the train, realizing that there could be an explosion that had taken place.
I also managed to jump out of the train. And then I saw — I saw the entire compartment, the entire first class compartment totally torn to pieces. And there were people lying all around with blood all over their bodies.
There were some people who were not even able to comprehend what has happened to them because they were sitting there, not injured, but the mere shock of having been — become a victim of a bomb explosion was something that they were not able to take. I spoke to some of them, tried to help some of them, but they just had no clue about what had taken place.
Luckily, the people around collected themselves very fast, even before the police could come. And not blaming the police, but even before they could come they managed to take all of these people.
There were people who were throwing bed sheets from their nearby buildings for the people to be collected. There were no stretchers. So these bed sheets they used as stretchers to be taken. There were people who were cordoning off the entire area.
So hats off to (INAUDIBLE). They came there, they showed that why Mumbai is such an excellent city despite all the tragedies that seem to be taken place here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pretty resilient yourself. I mean, three and a half hours ago you were on a train on which there’s been a bomb blast, and there you are reporting. Remarkable work, Jency.
You have been on this story right since — you were the first to tell — and tell, really, the world today as to what happened.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right, Anan (ph). Well, let’s hope your teachers are safe. Thanks very much, Anan (ph), for joining us.
Jency, just take it a little bit forward now. You’re still at that same station where all of this happened, and you were there at the spot three and a half hours ago.
At the moment, the place completely cleared up. Do you want to just give us a look behind you what’s happening?
JACOB: Before that, I would also like to tell you, I had no cameras with me, nothing. As of now — at that time with me, nearly two hours since this incident took place.
I decided to go out and have a look at the roads to see how are the roads — you know, how are the roads in Mumbai, considering that the entire lifeline of Mumbai, the Western Railway, was shut down, people are not able to go.
I went to a nearby cousin’s office. Let me tell you, people are all in their offices. They decided not to go out, because they didn’t want to risk going out on the roads.
I could see cabs. You know, we always talk about cabs and (INAUDIBLE) drivers (INAUDIBLE). But let me tell you, at the moment, the reason why we’re still here was because of the fact that a cab driver agreed to (INAUDIBLE), and they were taking people, five, six, seven people inside the cabs, and they were taking them.
So, right now, people are panicked. They were panicking sometime back. But now things are returning back to normal, and that’s the spirit of Mumbai that we’ve always talked about. And there’s more to be seen here on the field than more than what I could convince you. I think it has to be seen to be believed.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right. And certainly your own escape over there (INAUDIBLE) is fairly remarkable. Thank g for your safety.
Jency, give us a sense also of what the police have been doing in these last three and a half hours, certainly where you have been.
JACOB: The police have a very tough job. Let me tell you what I saw, what I witnessed (INAUDIBLE) when the bomb explosion took place.
You know, it took time for the police to come, because (INAUDIBLE) wasn’t near us. It was just a stone’s throw away from the (PH?) Santa Cruz railway station, where this explosion took place.
The people were very agitated inside. I did reveal my identity of being a journalist because they were — they were very irritated with journalists coming around and trying to take pictures, trying to take pictures through their mobile phones, trying to take pictures.
So they were very irritated. They did not want any journalists to come nearby because they thought that would impair their work.
The police came after some time. In fact, one of the constables who came there (INAUDIBLE) because they felt that they had to take all these people to the hospitals. But the police did not come.
But let us also remember — and also, I would like to send out this message to citizens of Mumbai, that the police did their job. It was quite difficult for them because these are serious bomb blasts that took place, they were not able to collect themselves. But they…