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Homage paid to Delhi serial blasts victims

Hundreds of people light candles at India Gate to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the serial blasts.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2007 08:54 IST

Hundreds of people including the victims' families on Sunday lit candles at India Gate to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the serial blasts on the eve of Diwali in 2005.

The victims families, children and others assembled at the lawns of the India Gate under a programme organised by the All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) on the eve of the second anniversary of the tragedy.

Three serial blasts rocked the capital on the eve of Diwali on October 29, 2005, killing more than 50 people and injuring about hundreds.

Kuldeep Singh, the then DTC bus driver, who lost his eyes in an attempt to throw a live bomb from the bus at Govindpuri here, was also present on the occasion with his son and wife.

The other victims' family members also pointed out the plight of those who faced the tragedy of losing their near and dear ones in the blasts at Paharganj, Sarojini Nagar and Govindpuri here.

AIATF President MS Bitta, paying his homage to the victims, demanded strict action against the perpetrators of terrorist violence.

AIATF office-bearer Parag Jain resented the government's failure to provide relief to victims. He said that Singh, the bus driver, who had lost his eyes in the incident had not yet been compensated as per the promise of central government.

The medal, awarded to him in January, would be returned to the Delhi's Chief Secretary on Monday to protest against the alleged apathy of the government towards the victims, he said.

First Published: Oct 28, 2007 22:24 IST