Meet felicitates those who helped save the lives of the many injured during the February 21 Dilsukhnagar blast

More than a month after their world turned topsy-turvy, they are yet to pick the threads of lives. Some with fractured hands, some with a bandaged eye and many with bruised souls poured out their ordeal of the February 21 bomb blast at a programme here on Sunday.

Though their physical wounds are healing, their mental scars appeared to be still raw. Those present on the occasion could sense the human tragedy behind such attacks.

The programme was organised by Confederation of Voluntary Associations (Cova) in association with Roda Mistry College of Social Work to felicitate the doctors and paramedical team of Osmania General Hospital, Yashoda, Omni and Care hospitals for doing their best to save the victims.

Maruthi, Nitesh Agarwal, M.A. Samad and Gopal Reddy recalled the tragic events when they were caught in the bomb blast while Jani Pasha, RTC driver, explained how he managed to shift nearly 60 victims in three buses to the Osmania General Hospital.

The doctors and the paramedical staff were presented ‘Saviour of Hyderabad’ certificates. R. Jaya Lakshmi, DCP, East Zone, sought people’s cooperation in cracking the case.

Hyderabad was a happening city with lot of floating population and keeping everyone under surveillance was practically impossible. She asked people to be vigilant and keep an eye on what was going on in their surroundings.

Dilsukhnagar had a number of educational institutes, but the managements did not bother to enquire about students taking admissions.

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Ms. Jaya Lakshmi also deplored the post-blast attitude of the people. Except for persons like Jani Pasha, many remained mere onlookers and did not lend a helping hand. She also faulted the media for crowding the blast site making it difficult for investigating agencies.

Karnail Singh Jawandha, general manager, SBH south zone, promised to extend educational loans and other bank loans to the victims and their family members. Cova executive director, Mazhar Hussain, said scars of tragedies like the bomb blast lingered for years. But the victims should not lose heart as society was with them.

He recalled how Cova in association with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation and Lateefia Arabic College had organised vocational training for the victims and their relatives after the bomb blasts in Mecca Masjid, Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat.


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