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Bomb kicks in black-bag phobia in bus conductor

It's now like a lifelong phobia of black baggage for bus conductor Budh Prakash who discovered a powerful bomb left in a similar bag in his vehicle on October 29.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2005 20:48 IST

It's now like a lifelong phobia of black baggage for bus conductor Budh Prakash who discovered a powerful bomb left in a similar bag in his vehicle on October 29.

So much so is the trauma from the explosion that Prakash dreads black bags whereever he sees them now.

"Whenever I see a black bag, I am reminded of the October 29 incident. ... I get anxious," he said.

With shock still writ large on his face, Prakash visited AIIMS to meet his DTC colleague and driver Kuldeep Singh, the man who prevented a bloodbath by hurling the bag bomb out of the bus at Govindpuri.

"A passenger told me about a suspicious bag. I asked Kuldeep to stop the bus and offload passengers," he recalled.

Both discovered a circuit inside and in a moment swung the bag out.
"I smelt something fishy. Kuldeep opened the bag and we could see some wires connected to some object. No sooner than he threw the bag that it exploded," Prakash, who suffered serious shrapnel wounds from the blast, said.
The explosion has also damaged his hearing abilities, said Prakash, who will be re-admitted to AIIMS on Monday.

Driver Singh, who lost one of his eyes to blast injuries, has shown improvement in his health, his wife Nigam said.