A birthday party that turned into nightmare

September 14th, 2008 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) It was a birthday party that 21-year-old Shishir Jain will never forget. While he was busy clicking photographs of friends during his classmate’s birthday celebrations at the Central Park here Saturday evening, a bomb explosion left him critically injured.“We were having fun at the Central Park and Shishir asked for a final group photo before we leave for the hostel. As he moved back to focus the camera, a blast took place leaving him injured,” Shishir’s friend Prashant told IANS.

Shishir, a mechanical engineering student at the Jamia Millia Islamia, suffered injuries as a splinter from an exploding bomb pierced his spinal cord. Some of his friends too received minor injuries.

“We were about to leave the place as the check-in time in our hostel is 7 p.m. but we stopped for some final clicks,” said another friend, Azran.

The friends, gathered at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where Shishir was rushed, said there was no improvement in his condition.

“The treatment has not started yet as the hospital is waiting for a neurosurgeon. They are not even allowing us to take Shishir to some other hospital,” Azran added.

On Saturday evening, five bomb explosions rocked the capital, killing at least 21 people and injuring at least 90. Three live bombs were recovered and defused later in the evening.

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