Pall of gloom descends on Pink City

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Jaipur, May 14 (UNI) It was a melancholy and restless beginning of the day in old walled city areas of the Pink City, accustomed to hustle and bustle early in the morning.

The day which begins as early as 0400 hrs, started on a sedate note, as neither roadside makeshift tea stalls at several points in Chaura Rasta, Manak Chowk Chauper and Chandpol Bazar were visible nor the group of people turned up to have their first sip with gossip.

The 'mandis' of labourers in Chaura Rasta, Chandpol and at some other points, where a large number of aspiring labourers gather every morning, were also missing.

Usual worship and religious rituals were performed at many famous temples, but the same lacked usual gaiety, due to poor attendance of devotees.

Morning strollers, who throng Ram Niwas Bagh and Jai Niwas Garden behind the famous Govind Dev Temple every morning, also remained in low spirits with many of them opting to remain indoors.

Those who did stick to their routine were also cheerless and shocked. A group of such strollers was worried by the unfortunate blasts.

They said the blasts were an ugly blot on the face of the Pink City, which had always been remained a favourite destination for peace lovers.

Even after dawn, the city wore a deserted look, as administration imposed curfew from 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs in 15 police station areas.

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