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Identification of Delhi blast victims continues

Source: PTI
November 30, 2005 02:01 IST
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A month after the deadly serial blasts in Delhi, the process of identification of victims continues and kin of many of the deceased still await compensation.

While four victims are yet to be identified, it was an end of an agonising month for the Sahai family.

The body of 44-year old geologist Atul Sahai, was identified on Sunday after a DNA test done at the insistence of his wife Preeti, a researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology and was cremated after confirmation from the hospital.

Sahai was shopping at Sarojini Nagar market on October 29, when a series of blasts hit Delhi killing 62 people.

His family refused to accept that one of the unclaimed, charred bodies at All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital was his.

They listed him as missing until a DNA test was conducted, matching it with a sample from his 15-year-old daughter.

Next of kin of 40 persons killed in the blasts have been given compensation, Delhi Revenue Minister Rajkumar Chouhan said. 

Kuldeep Singh, the Delhi Transport Corporation bus driver who saved many lives by throwing the bag containing a bomb out of the bus in Govindpuri, is recovering slowly from the injuries of the blast.

He has been bed-ridden for the last one month. Doctors said his eyesight and hearing, which he partially lost in the blast is unlikely to improve.

Kuldeep and wife, who is pregnant with their first child, are worried about finances. The government had promised a compensation of Rs 2 lakh.

"DTC has given us some money and the home minister had promised Rs 3 lakh, but we still do not know what really is happening," said Kuldeep.

"The wounds are healing and the doctors are trying their best, but I guess it will take time. They have said that first they will try to operate on my hand before my eyes are looked into," he said.

Once he recovers, he will work at the Shadipur Depot and has also been given a house in the same area.

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