He watches CCTV footage of son leaving home over and over again
It’s only the CCTV footage of his son leaving home at 8.30 am on September 7 that can bring a smile to Manmohan Singh Jolly’s face.delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:11 IST
It’s only the CCTV footage of his son leaving home at 8.30 am on September 7 that can bring a smile to Manmohan Singh Jolly’s face.
For the past week, he has watched the last moments of his 19-year-old son Amanpreet, who died in the Delhi high court blast, everyday.
“We have four CCTV cameras installed in our house. All that is left of my son is a video of him leaving home in his car on that fateful morning,” said Jolly, who still feels that it was a nightmare and not reality.
Amarpreet, a law intern, had gone to the court on that day for a hearing on his uncle’s case. Sitting in front of a big portrait of his son at his west Delhi house, Jolly broke into tears while talking about his son.
“He was a fitness freak and spent most of his evenings working out in the gym. Last Wednesday, after hearing about the blast, my wife called him on his cell phone. A policeman answered the phone and told her how Shampi (Amanpreet’s nickname) had suffered minor injuries and was taken to RML Hospital,” he said.
The Jolly family felt that the disaster management authority was of no use and should be scrapped. “My son was taken to the hospital in an auto. There was no ambulance parked outside the high court. The government knew the high court was under the scanner of terrorists. Why do they spend crores on disaster management when they can’t even park ambulances outside such locations,” asked Jolly.
Amarpreet’s mother has been silent since the day she saw her son’s body. On Wednesday, an antim ardaas was organised by the family in remembrance of their late son. “Life goes on. He had to go; the blast became a reason,” said Jolly.