Tribute to A`bad serial blasts victims on first anniversary
Ahmedabad: Relatives and family members of the blast victims on Sunday remembered their loved ones on the first anniversary of the serial explosions that had rocked the city on July last year.
At a remembrance meeting held near the civil hospital`s Trauma Center here, where one of the high intensity blasts took place, family members and survivors gathered to pay tribute to those killed in the terror attacks.
Holding a banner with names and pictures of the deceased, small children took out a procession from the hospital to the spot where the deadly bomb had exploded, killing 37 people.
They lit candles near the place where the bomb had exploded, offered flowers and prayed for the departed souls.
The serial blasts, which rocked different parts of the city on July 26, claimed 57 lives and injured over 200 others.
12-year-old Yash Vyas, who had sustained 50 percent burn injuries in the blast, paid tribute to his father Dushyant and elder brother Rohan who lost their lives in the explosion.
"My husband died on the spot while son Rohan succumbed to injuries after sustaining over 70 percent burns. I have lost everything to the blasts, my only hope is my Yash who is also recovering from burn injuries," Geeta, Yash`s mother, said.
Other survivors of the terror attack also described how they had come to help the blast victims being brought to civil hospital from different parts of the city, and became victim of the attack themselves.
"We had heard about the blasts and had come to help out at the civil hospital. But we too were injured following the blast," said one of the survivors Shankarbhai.
Meanwhile, Pradipsinh Jadeja, an MLA from Asarwa Assembly constituency, where the civil hospital is located, demanded approval of the GUJCOC (Gujarat Control of Organised Crime) Bill from the Union government.
"Like Maharashtra has MACOCA, Gujarat needs stringent law like GUJCOC as it is a border state. I ask the Center to approve the bill," Jadeja told reporters here.
Jadeja said many of the victims of the serial blasts who were injured, are yet to get the compensation package announced by the Union government last year.
"The injured victims have received compensation announced by the state government, but are yet to receive any help from the Central government," he said.
Even the resident doctors, who are on strike demanding rise in their stipend, came and paid tribute to the victims of the serial blasts.
At another remembrance meeting was organised at the CTM Cross Roads to pay tribute to the deceased.
Students of Pooja High School also paid tribute to the departed souls. People also set off balloons and pigeons as mark of respect for the blasts victims and prayed for peace in the country.
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