Twelve vendors from the Capital, who had come to the court on Wednesday for the final hearing of their tehbazari (street vending) case, suffered serious injuries in the bomb blast.
Harcharan Singh was one of the 12 vendors of the Sarojini Nagar market, who were to attend the final hearing of their tehbazari case. “The case has been pending since 2007, and today was the final hearing. We were going to get a stay on the eviction,” said Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar. Singh was getting the gate pass made when the blast took place.
“Ten of our members have been admitted to RML hospital, while two have been sent to Safdarjung Hospital. A batch of 40 vendors was to attend the hearing in the afternoon shift,” said Vijay Singh, secretary, Vendors’ association of Delhi.
Five vendors admitted to RML hospital are critical. “Tarun Yadav, one of the vendors has just undergone a major surgery. Doctors have told us that he’s stable now,” added Singh.
Suraj Pal, 50, another shopkeeper in the area, was also part of that group. “Had I been even 10 steps ahead, I would have been dead,” said Pal.