Kin of 2005 blast victims still wait for compensation
The families of seven victims whose bodies were never identified still haven’t received any compensation from the government as they are not entitled to it for one more year.delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2011 01:34 IST
Saraswati (26) is still living with a bleak hope that her brother will come back to marry her off someday. Her brother S Ganesan (29) has been missing since October 29, 2005, the day three powerful bombs went off in Delhi, killing 67 people and injuring 225.
Even after six year of the blast there are seven victims who are still missing in police records — their bodies were never identified despite the DNA test. Ganesan, a CBI official had gone shopping at Sarojini Nagar market on the eve of Dhanteras when a powerful bomb exploded in the crowded market.
The explosion had claimed 50 lives. “The families of seven victims whose bodies were never identified still haven’t received any compensation from the government as they are not entitled to it for one more year,” said Ashok Randhawa, president, Sarojini Nagar Traders Association.
According to the law, a person is declared dead only if he or she goes missing continuously for seven years. After that, government initiates an inquiry that decides if they died in the blasts.
Manisha (15) has vague memories of her parents and brother. She was much younger when she lost both her parents and elder brother in the blast. “I was in Class 4 when I lost my parents. I live with my grandparents but can feel how difficult it is for them to raise me up,” said Manisha, who now studies in Class 9.
The body of her father Michael, a driver in Russian embassy, was not found after the blast. He had gone to Sarojini Nagar market along with his wife and son who also died in the blast. “We are surviving on the pension of my husband. The authorities say next year we’ll get the compensation as my son will be finally declared dead,” said Saleena Das, Manisha’s grandmother.