High court blast victims’ kin flay govt for ‘broken’ promises
Tearful relatives and friends remembered victims of the Delhi High Court blast on its first anniversary on Friday.delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2012 00:23 IST
Tearful relatives and friends remembered victims of the Delhi High Court blast on its first anniversary on Friday.
They accused the government of failing to deliver on promises of compensation.
The relatives, who gathered on the high court premises, complained that they were promised jobs and other facilities but claimed the government had done nothing for them.
The Delhi High Court’s acting Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri led judges and lawyers in paying tribute to the victims.
Fifteen persons were killed and several others injured when a bomb placed near a reception area exploded last year.
Suman Goel, whose father was a blast victim, said the government assured them of a job but “now, when we go to a government department and inquire about our compensation and the earning options that we were promised, they treat us like criminals questioning us to the hilt”.
Goel is not the only one unhappy with the government's attitude. Harish Kumar, Raj Kumar Jain, Mehraj Nizamuddin and Mahesh Kumar, the relatives of other victims, also have similar grievances.
“Earlier, my family used to depend on me for making ends meet. Now, I depend on my family to get my routine work done,” 42-year-old Kumar, whose left leg was blown up by the blast and who was in hospital till November, said.
The 50-year-old Kumar Jain, who lost his father in the blast, said: “Officials came to my residence to inquire details of my father and to check whether I am his son. Even after collecting all relevant information, we have not been given the compensation or the job promised to a family member.”
Jain’s daughter Ishu Jain, a designer who is employed with an export house, prays that people are not made to suffer so. “Our situation is like that of a movie that releases every Friday. People forget it after one week,” Jain said.