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Delhi blasts toll rises to 21, changes many lives

Delhi blasts toll rises to 21, changes many lives
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First Published: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 12 53 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 12 53 PM IST
New Delhi: A 15-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries today raising the toll in the serial blasts in the capital to 21.
Puja died of splinter injuries received in the explosion at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh area in central Delhi last evening, police sources said.
She is the fifth member of an ill-fated family that sells jewellery in Karol Bagh.
The serial blasts in the national capital have changed the lives of many forever, including that of a 60-year-old woman who lost four of her close relatives in central Delhi’s Ghaffar market.
Seven other relatives of Shanti Devi, who called herself the “unhurt victim”, were lying in hospitals with injuries from the blast at the market in Karol Bagh.
Devi was inside her house along with her husband Yashpal Singh when the bomb went off.
The injured relatives were rushed to Jassa Ram Hospital where four of her family members died, while four others were operated upon for critical injuries. One of the family members was rushed to RML hospital, while two were being treated at Lady Hardinge Hospital.
For the elderly woman, it was a long night as she went to the hospitals where doctors told her that the chances of survival of four of the seven injured were “very slim”.
The ordeal for relatives of other victims was similar as they attended to the injured.
A mother was another “living victim” of the blast at the Ghaffar Market where she went to shop with her husband. “The child was in my hands. Suddenly I fell down. The child was no more in my hands,” said the woman, who cried inconsolably cursing herself for having decided to go for shopping.
As anguished relatives thronged several of the city hospitals, there were people who were looking for their missing kin. “I am trying to locate my brother Raju who went to Connaught Place last evening,” Vivek said.
The blast also separated a soon-to-be married couple who were at the Central Park in Connaught Place.
While Kamini, who worked for TCS had died at RML hospital, her fiance Kashyap (27) is recuperating, oblivious to Kamini’s death, at the ICU.
“Both were about to get married. Kamini came to Delhi to write an exam,” one of their relatives said.
The death of an MCD driver, Chandrabhan, brought tragedy to his family as he was the sole bread earner for them.
Friends and relatives of 26-year-old Amit Saxena could not believe that that the young travel agent from Kanpur was no more.
“We never thought that this would happen to him,” said Saxena’s friend Sanjay.
The blast at the Barakhamba Road also claimed the life of a cherubic 20-year-old degree student Babita, who hails from Timarpur locality of the capital.
“She said that she will be going to Kamla Nagar market after finishing her work. Her father works with the UPSC,” Babita’s uncle Ram Narain Singh Negi said.
Some relatives of those missing in the blasts, meanwhile protested outside the police post near Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital alleging that police was not helping them in finding their loved ones.
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First Published: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 12 53 PM IST
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