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9/11 terror attacks victim's family in Manipur finds 'justice'

Jupiter Yambem, 42, used to work as a banquet manager at Windows of the World, one of New York City's famous restaurants on the 107th floor of the World Trade Centre. Sobhapati Samom reports.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2011 01:19 IST
Sobhapati Samom

Jupiter Yambem, 42, used to work as a banquet manager at Windows of the World, one of New York City's famous restaurants on the 107th floor of the World Trade Centre.

He was one of the 34 Indians killed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks.

Jupiter Yambem's family in Imphal observes his death anniversary every year. But they say the 10th anniversary is more important, because it comes with the knowledge that Osama bin Laden, the leader of the Al Qaeda terror group that carried out the attack, is also dead.

"Justice has been done after 10 years," said Yambem Laba, Jupiter Yambem's elder brother, referring to bin Laden's death in a US attack in Pakistan this year. "My brother's soul can rest in peace in his heavenly abode."

Born and raised in Manipur's capital Imphal, Jupiter Yambem left India at the age of 21 in 1981. He was selected as a coordinator at Camp America, a youth exchange programme. After the programme expired, Yambem found himself a job in the US and married American music therapist Nancy Cardle. Soon they had a son, Shanti. Nancy and Shanti, now 15, visit Imphal every two years, trying to fill in the void left by his absence.

"This time both of them won't be joining us as they will attend the ceremony at Ground Zero," Laba said. "Nancy misses all of us." Sikhs in US remember 9/11 victims | Time no healer for 9/11 Indian victims