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‘I’ve not forgotten my child for one moment’

Anger and grief were palpable on Wednesday among relatives of victims of the Kanishka crash, which took place on this day 25 years ago.

world Updated: Jun 24, 2010 00:53 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar

Anger and grief were palpable on Wednesday among relatives of victims of the Kanishka crash, which took place on this day 25 years ago.

Each year, this little Irish village falls silent at 8:13 am to mark the moment the Air India plane was snuffed out by a bomb placed in a suitcase by Canada-based Babbar Khalsa terrorists.

The plane was on its way from Montreal to Mumbai via Delhi and crashed close to the Irish shore. It had 329 passengers.

“There were 82 children under 13 on the flight,” said Padmini Turlapati, who lost her both her young sons.

“Neither the Canadian nor the Indian government took preventive action. After the incident, there was no apology from the Indian or Canadian authorities.”

“It is an ever-present loss,” said Diler Kaur of Delhi, who lost her 20-year-old daughter Ratna. “I have not forgotten my child for a single moment for 25 years. I came here to feel her — maybe embrace her.”