The face of the Mumbai attacks

This picture that I posted here on Wednesday is the poster for the attacks in Mumbai.

NPR commentator Sandip Roy says the image has haunted him since the violence started on Wednesday. “His message was loud and clear. He said to India, ‘pay attention to me,'” Roy said.

What happened to this one? I don’t know, of course, but I think I found another picture of him today in the Boston Globe’s excellent slideshow.


And another one a few seconds later.


I’m pretty sure it’s the same guy. The picture was taken by Mumbai Mirror photo editor Sebastian D’souza, and they’re a good reminder that news photographers are either brave, foolish or a little of both

The Independent (UK) tracked him down:

But what angered Mr D’Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” he said. “At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D’Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. “I couldn’t believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn’t run, we told them to stay put.”

The militants returned inside the station and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D’Souza added: “I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera.”


Other notes from Mumbai: Sen. Satveer Chaudhary got plenty of coverage in India’s Economic Times with a statement that the attacks will hurt the U.S. economy…….. AFP quotes a Minnesota backpacker who was on the scene….. Delta/Northwest resuming flights to Mumbai on Saturday.

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