Delhi blast victims recall their horror
For 16-year-old Deeksha Poddar completing her homework everyday is a major task. Her arm was almost ripped apart in the blast that took place in Sarojini Nagar in 2005, reports Neelam Pandey.delhi Updated: Nov 26, 2009 00:36 IST
Deeksha Poddar (16)
Victim of Sarojini Nagar blast 2005
For 16-year-old Deeksha Poddar completing her homework everyday is a major task.
Her arm was almost ripped apart in the blast that took place in Sarojini Nagar in 2005.
While Deeksha survived the powerful bomb blast, her brother Karan (8) died on the spot.
“We avoid coming to the market during evening hours as we are reminded of the day the blast took place. My father also lost his right leg in the blast,” she said.
Seelina Dass (60)
Sarojini Nagar blast 2005
“Every face reminded me of my son and daughter-in-law. I wept the entire night praying for all those who were taken hostage,” said 60-year-old Seelina Dass about the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26 last year.
Dass lost her son, daughter-in-law and her 10-year-old grandson in the 2005 Sarojini Nagar blast. And the Mumbai terror attacks made her relive the horror of 2005.
“They still haven’t located Michael’s body and hence have termed him ‘missing’,” she said.
“Wouldn’t he have come to meet his mother had he survived?”
Because of her son’s ‘missing’ status, the government has still not released the compensation money.
Yashoda (16) and Meera (28),
Bedonpura, Karol Bagh blast 2008
Lives have certainly changed in Lane Number-42 Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, and for the worse.
Even the slight traces of smoke emanating from fogging reminds 16-year-old Yashoda of the blast and Meera doesn’t let her one-year-old son out of her sight for even a minute.
Yashoda lost her father, brother and sister, while Meera’s son and father were killed in the blast. They now live on the compensation money given by the government.
Meera said every day the police ask them to leave the place. “Where can we go? We have been living in this gali (lane) for the past 20 years,” she said.