Sunday, October 29, 2006

One year, three explosions and no justice

It’s now been one year since the terrorist attack in New Delhi on October 29 2005. Three explosions tore through the capital on that day:

  • The first explosion (Paharganj explosion) occurred outside Delhi Railway Station. … When the explosion took place large number of people were eating golgappas in the adjoining snacks-cum-sweet shop resulting in the high number of deaths in the area.

  • The Govindpuri explosion, which took place inside a bus, injured nine people, four critically. 35-40 people were travelling in the bus when the conductor of the bus spotted a suspicious plastic bag which none of the passengers claimed. The passengers were already suspicious as a man had climbed aboard the bus and refused to buy a ticket, according to the BBC, leaving his large, black bag aboard. The driver and conductor of the bus quickly alerted and disembarked the passengers and, by doing so, minimised the damage when the bomb was thrown out of a window. …

  • The third and the most devastating explosion took place in a very crowded corner of the busy Sarojini Nagar market. … The bomb went off near a vendor using a gas cylinder, which exploded, triggering multiple explosions and leading to an outbreak of fire in a row of shops….

The second bomb attack, targeting the innocent travelers on the bus, reveals the quick-thinking courage that the average man is capable of when fate calls upon them for it. The cost of that heroism: the hero's eyesight.

Among those who had come to pay their respects to the victims was Kuldeep Singh, the conductor of the ill-fated bus, who lost his eyesight while trying to throw away the bomb. His prompt action saved the lives of at least 70 passengers who were returning home after work. "Though I have lost my eyesight and my right hand in the blast, I have the satisfaction that I succeeded in saving the lives of many people," said Kuldeep Singh.

The evil of the attacks is horror aplenty, but sadly an additional spectre haunts the surviving victims and their families... no justice.

"Life has completely changed for us in the past one year," said Bhagwan Das, whose son Michael John Das, daughter-in-law Sunita and grand-daughter Elwin were among the 40 people killed after the bomb explosion at the bustling Sarojini Nagar market few days before Diwali last year.
..."Earlier we were a family of six but now we are only three left. We have still not been able to move on after the tragedy. My wife continues to be in a state of depression and her health is deteriorating every day," said Das as tears rolled down his eyes. ... He, however, added, "It is not easy to live when you know that those who killed your children have not been punished."
...."We want justice from the government. Why have they not taken any action against those involved in the blast?" asked Kavita Bhasin, who lost her mother, a sister and niece in the 29/10 blast. "These people who roam around in police protection have no value for the lives of innocent people who are killed in such cowardly acts," she added.
"The only thing given to us is compensation money. We are not beggars, we will contribute money and give it to ministers if their family members are killed by terrorists," she added before breaking down in tears.
"The politicians have no respect for human lives. They have insulted our family members by not taking any action to nab those involved in the blast," she said.
Similar reactions came from Manisha who lost her eight-month-old daughter in the blast. "It is painful to see that the government has done little to prevent such attacks. We have lost our loved ones and we want those involved in the blast to be brought to the book."

"We want justice for them so that their souls can rest in peace," she said.

We all do. Except leftist elites, evidently, who think throwing money at shattered people with deep holes in their lives can somehow suffice in soothing their grief. That alert bus conductor wasn't thinking of a raise when he risked his life to toss a probable bomb out his vehicle's window... he was thinking of his humanity, and the common bond he shares with the other riders on his bus.

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