This post isn’t about them, but actually about something that I experienced in the last two days. Yesterday, as I headed into town and today on my way back home, I got stuck in traffic that stretched for a few kilometers. Couldn’t figure out why exactly this was until I saw the nakabandi (i.e. roadblocks in Hindi) with police checking taking place.
The result of this was a huge highway being halved in width and a traffic jam a few kilometers in length. Those of you have been to or have lived in Mumbai will know that the jams out here are extremely close knit with a four-lane road actually becoming a five or even six lane one!
While I do understand that a roadblock helps in better checking, but what I don’t understand is how will it prevent a bomb blast.
A traffic jam packed with vehicles stretching across a few kilometers means tonnes of ready-to-explode petrol tanks and several hundred people.
I’m not sure how possible this is, but can’t a single bomb exploding start a chain reaction?
So, is that roadblock helping us stop a terror attack or just increasing the intensity of it?