“If the authorities had responded quicker," he paused, "maybe the riot would never have taken place.”
This is what 29-year-old Prasath Kumar believes as his eyes traces an area of tarmac across the road – demarcated clearly by a traffic police billboard.
A large-font sign reads “Fatal Accident” and goes onto providing a 1800 hotline pleading for witnesses. This, the only residue left from the concoction of unrest that flowed down the stretch of Race Course Road recently.
Standing less than 10 metres away, the full-time waiter realised the gravity of the situation when a passerby informed him that someone had been fatally wounded across the street.
“There was nothing I could see even though I tried to,” he said.
“All I saw were the backs of people – there was so many of them around the bus.”
His gut feel: The delay in the arrival of the ambulances might have further incensed the crowd.