For Delhiites who lost their loved ones to similar serial blasts in October 2005, Saturday evening brought back the old sinking feeling all over again.
“The TV flashed the news of blasts in major markets and I felt weak in the knees. I knew all hell had broken loose again,” said Satish Ochani of Katwaria Sarai, who lost his nine-year-old daughter, his mother-in-law and sister-in-law in the explosions at Sarojini Nagar Market three years ago.
“My daughter and relatives had not planned to shop in Sarojini Nagar, you know. It was a spur of the moment decision to eat pav bhaji that snatched them away,” says Ochani.
“That day was also a Saturday, when fate snatched away from me all that I had,” says 61-year-old Bhagwan Das, who lost his son Michael, daughter-in-law Sunita and grandson Elvin in Sarojini Nagar.
For the Das family, Saturday’s blasts reopened the wounds that took a long time and a lot of tears to heal.
“My wife Celina is too shocked to even say anything,” said Das.
Survivors said Delhi had not learnt anything from its losses.
“Safety and security measures in the city are still a sham. How many more lives should be sacrificed to lax security arrangements?” Das asked.
Ochani sounded completely disillusioned with the government’s response. “We know bombs will keep killing daughters and sons and crippling the breadwinners of families. The government will just announce some compensation, issue statements and move on,” he said.