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Man at Gate No. 5 pass counter was witness to May 25 blast as well

On deputation,Mukesh Kumar was sent to the Delhi High Court only six months ago from Tis Hazari Courts.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
September 9, 2011 2:01:58 am

On deputation,Mukesh Kumar was sent to the Delhi High Court only six months ago from Tis Hazari Courts. He was one of the five staffers manning the entry pass counters at Gate no.5 of the Delhi High Court where the bomb went off on Wednesday morning,killing 13 people and leaving 75 maimed. He feels strange that he has witnessed two bomb blasts – on May 25 and Wednesday — in such a short tenure in the High Court.

“I never imagined I would witness such unfortunate occurrences in this brief period. While the first blast came as an indication of something wrong in security measures,the attack on Wednesday left us numb. I heard the bomb explode at less than 10 metres from where I was,” Mukesh told Newsline.

Recounting the horror,he says that when the incident occurred he was not issuing the passes but was with one of the staffs dealing with the litigants. “I was standing behind a colleague when I heard the deafening sound and then got blinded by a thick cloud of smoke. The tinted glasses on the counters were yanked off. I remember somebody screaming to run. And I turned around and ran to the lobby inside the court building,” said 23-year-old Mukesh.

“We were taken to the High Court dispensary and those with minor injuries were discharged after first aid. However,a woman staffer who was issuing the passes at the time,suffered a great shock and is still unwell. She has not come to the office today,” he said.

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Asked if he had second thoughts about going to work on Thursday,Mukesh said the court is his workplace and he respects it.

“My family suggested me to take a day off. But I convinced my family and here I am,performing my job as usual,” he said.

Meanwhile,the court had to position the entry pass counters in a NDMC-run school,adjacent to the two-wheeler parking of the High Court. According to Bar members,this would work as the counter till the date they get back the previous spot or decides to create new one.

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