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City remembers ’05 blast victims

A priest, a Muslim cleric, a granthi and a pundit all came together to pray for those, who lost their lives for no reason or fault of theirs.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2008 23:46 IST

A priest, a Muslim cleric, a

granthi

(a Sikh religious scripture reader) and a

pundit

all came together to pray for those, who lost their lives for no reason or fault of theirs. They all participated in a prayer meeting at Sarojini Nagar Market on Thursday to pray for the victims of the 2005 Delhi serial blasts as well the recent spate of blasts in Bengaluru and Ahemdabad.

The prayer meeting was organised by the shopkeepers of the Sarojini Nagar Market. Families of some of the blast victims as well as the Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit attended the meeting.

“We are standing by the people of Delhi. We will help the victims in every way possible,” said the CM.

But for the victims of the horrific 2005 serial blasts in which around 60 people lost their lives, the recent blasts are a recap of the pain they suffered three years back. The lives of the Poddar family changed when they went to the market on that day. “No one should go through this. I lost my son, my husband lost his leg and my daughter was injured as well. The blasts have scarred us for life. Nothing has been normal for us ever since,” said Indu Poddar. Now their only ray of hope is their eleven-month old daughter Tanvi.

Ashok Randhawa, the president of the Sarojini Nagar Mini Market Association said, “No one here will ever forget that day.

Many of us lost friends in that blast. But there are also a few people left, who have not been adequately compensated because their lost family members have still been placed under missing people’s category. We want the CM to help such people.”

The CM assured that she will look into the matter and see what all can be done to help them out. People also paid floral tributes to the victims.