Relatives of 2005 bomb blasts victims pay homage

November 14th, 2007 - 3:03 am ICT by admin  
Relatives lit candles to keep the memory of the blast victims alive.

Monday’s gathering, under tight security, was a live example of communal harmony as relatives of victims — Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians– offered prayers under the same roof.

Relatives said if security had been tight, the blasts would not have occurred.

They also lamented the apathy shown by the authorities.

“It seems after giving us the compensation, it (the Government) has washed its hand off the entire issue,” said Savitri Bharadwaj, wife of late Satyanarayan Bharadwaj, a blast victim.

In 2005, three consecutive blasts rocked the crowded markets of Sarojni Nagar, Paharganj and Govind Puri on October 29.

The bomb explosions were triggered ahead of the festivals of Diwali and Eid and claimed 66 lives.

Sarojni Nagar is now equipped with CCTV cameras and policemen patrol the busy market.

Markets are once again buzzing with activity, but for those who have lost their dear ones, the wounds remain.

“That day, my parents and my brother had come here to shop. Then this blast took place near the juice shop. My brother died on the spot, my mother battled for life in the hospital for almost a month and my father is still missing,” said Manisha.

The blasts occurred just at dusk on a fine autumn evening, with Delhi’s markets and streets crammed with families, holidaymakers and shoppers, many dressed in their colourful best.

The blasts were blamed on Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, a militant organisation based in Pakistan. (ANI)

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