Didn’t see any motorcyclist… if someone was tailing us,would have alerted Madam: Driver

The driver of the Israel Embassy vehicle,which was targeted in Monday’s attack on Aurangzeb Road,felt a “slight push” of his vehicle,and turned around to check what had happened.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published:February 16, 2012 4:10 am

The driver of the Israel Embassy vehicle,which was targeted in Monday’s attack on Aurangzeb Road,felt a “slight push” of his vehicle,and turned around to check what had happened. Manoj Sharma (42) said he did not see any motorcyclist attach anything to his car.

The 42-year-old was discharged from Primus Hospital on Wednesday,and is at his father’s home in Faridabad.

“I was waiting at the Race Course signal when I heard a thud at the rear end of the car,like somebody pushed it. Both me and my Madam felt it. Before we could understand anything,the car blew up,” he said. Sharma’s right eye is still bloodshot due to the injury he sustained in the blast.

He said if he had noticed anyone tailing them,he “would have alerted Madam”.

“I did not notice carefully what car was behind me,but there was no bike,” Sharma said. He said the blast left him too disoriented to notice if any vehicle sped past.

“The shock was too much. My ears went numb,and I couldn’t hear anything. My eyes were hurting. She (Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua-Koren) was silent. I had to struggle to stay in my senses. I was the first to recover,and after pulling my seat belt off,I got out and dragged her out. Both of us collapsed near the car,” he said.

Recalling the diplomat’s condition,he said though she was conscious,she was bleeding and clearly in a lot of pain. “I asked her what we should do,and she just said she wanted to be taken to her husband,” he said.

Sharma said they stopped an auto and used driver’s phone to call Tal’s husband Alon Yehoshua,also a diplomat. “He told us to hurry to the embassy.”

Sharma dropped Tal at the embassy,and then collapsed at the entrance. A PCR van rushed him to RML Hospital.

He said he spoke to Tal on Tuesday. “She asked how I was,and told me she was stable. Her husband also visited me several times and thanked me.”

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