2005 Delhi serial blasts: ‘Hoped for justice, it wasn’t delivered’

Manisha, who lost her parents and her brother in the blast, left for the court in the morning. All these years she never saw the accused.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 1:43 pm
Govindpuri, Govindpuri blast, DTC driver blast, delhi high court, indian express news, delhi, delhi news Kiran Saluja, whose husband died in the blast, says the judgment “broke her heart”. Source: Renuka Puri

On October 29, 2005, Kuldeep, a DTC driver, was passing through Govindpuri area when he discovered a bomb in his bus. A clock on top of the bomb was ticking. As he desperately tried to defuse the bomb, like he had seen “in the movies”, it exploded.

While Kuldeep saved the lives of about 70 passengers, the blast took away his vision. With the Delhi High Court verdict in the case coming over 11 years later, Kuldeep, now aged 40, said he has two regrets — one that two accused were acquitted, and, second, that he couldn’t see the face of his child who was born soon after the incident.

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Manisha (21), who lost her parents and her brother in the blast, left for the court in the morning. All these years she never saw the accused. On Thursday, as she saw them after the acquittal, she said that she felt “devastated”.

Kiran Saluja, wife of Lal Chand Saluja who died in the blast, says she is unable to understand the judgment.

“It broke my heart… I have gone through so much after my husband’s death and on the one day I hoped for justice…it wasn’t delivered,” she says.

Will pursue MPhil after release: Rafiq 

Mohammed Rafiq Shah, acquitted Thursday in connection with the 2005 serial blasts in Sarojini Nagar, plans to pursue MPhil in Islamic Studies as soon as he is released, a friend present in court told The Indian Express. Rafiq
was cleared by the court due to lack of evidence. Incarcerated since 2005, Rafiq, then in his early 20s, was pursuing his masters in Kashmir University when he was arrested. His brother, Rishi, said, “I hope the real culprits are
nabbed soon.”

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