Sep 13 blast victims in Delhi relive horror, traumaDecember 1st, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The anguish-stricken family at lane no 42, Beadon Pura which lost ten members in the Sep 13 serial blasts in Delhi said Sunday they had relived the horror of ‘Bloody Saturday’ as they watched images of the Mumbai terror attack on television. “The memories of that day come to haunt us time and again. Even as I saw the terror strike in Mumbai, I could empathise with those affected,” said Rama, 55 who lost his daughter, two brothers and other family members in the blasts, in which 25 people were killed and at least 100 injured.
Rama’s wife Krishna feels that the compensation provided by the government to the victims and their kin helps in dealing with medical expenses of her head and eye injury, but “the fear and pain still remain”.
Other family members who watched the terror drama unfold in Mumbai, also feel that the compensation cannot take the “misery” away’.
Of the three blast sites, Gaffar Market at Karol Bagh was the worst hit - 20 people were killed and 59 injured. Rama’s extended family lost 10 members including two children in that blast.
“We saw the Mumbai attack on TV, and were happy to see the ordeal end,” said Pappu, another member of the family. He, along with others, had watched the coverage of the terror attack that was telecast on various news channels, at a nearby shop.
Pappu’s aunt and Rama’s sister-in-law, Sondeyi, 55, lost her husband Harichand, son Ashok, daughter Saroj and grandson Kusum, leaving her to take care of her crippled daughter Yashoda, 17, and son Raj, 13.
“We live in fear,” she said, adding her hope that something would be done to “wipe off terrorism entirely”.
The family claimed that security provisions in the area were as good as non-existent, even after the blasts.
“The metal detectors are disconnected. Some policemen come every now and then but that too is a rare sight”, said Pappu.
At least 183 people, including 22 foreigners, were killed when a group of terrorists, allegedly from Pakistan, sneaked into Mumbai Wednesday night and struck at 10 prominent sites, including two luxury hotels.