Delhi govt asked to give artificial limbs to blast



New Delhi: The city government was asked on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court to provide artificial limbs to the victims injured in the bomb blast at its reception counter on September 7 last year.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the government to provide prosthetic limbs through All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to the victims within a month.

The court also directed it to foot the bills in case the victims get treated from any hospital other than the AIIMS. The bench passed the order on a public interest lawsuit filed by an advocate seeking a direction to the government to provide prosthetic limbs to the blast victims, including one Vipin Kumar Gautam.

Petitioner Gaurav Bansal argued Gautam became permanently incapacitated as his left leg had to be amputated following injuries sustained in the blast which killed 17 people and injured over 90 others.

When Gautam had approached the AIIMS for artificial limb, the institution asked him to foot the bills, leaving him running from pillar to post for the artificial limb, argued Bansal.

He pointed out that the court had on September 21 last year directed the govt to pay Rs 10 lakh to the permanently disabled victims and had also directed to provide free treatments to the victims under its 'Freeship Medical Treatment Quota'.

PTI