FOR FOUR years, between 2008 and 2012, each day Rajendra Sahu would pray and wish that his wife Sushila woke up from coma. She didn’t.
Among the 185 people injured in the May 13, 2008 serial blasts that rocked Jaipur, Sushila died days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the attack.
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“Her entire body was paralysed and she never woke up from the coma,” Sahu, 55, told The Indian Express on Wednesday, shortly after the Rajasthan High Court acquitted four men who were sentenced to death in 2019 in connection with the blasts.
“At first, Sushila was admitted at the SMS Hospital and later she was brought home. She remained unconscious till her death four years later,” he said. “At times in the night, rats would bite her, and we would see blood marks in the morning but she didn’t have any sensation due to her injury.”
He said family members of those who died in the blasts felt devastated after the court verdict.
“After 15 years, is this justice? This is so wrong. We hoped we would get justice. And now we hear that they have been acquitted,” said Sahu, who owns a garment business in Jaipur.
“My wife had gone to the Hanuman temple at Chandpole with her sister when the blasts took place. Her sister too suffered injuries. Our family went through a very difficult time. She (Sushila) couldn’t even see our children’s wedding.”Advertisement
At the time of the blast, Mehak, 6, and Diya, 3, daughters of Sachin Gupta, had gone along with two others to the old city area to get food.
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“In 2019, when we heard that the court had awarded the accused the death sentence, we felt a sense of justice. We went to courts to witness in hope of justice. We are disappointed today,” he said.Advertisement
Ramesh Sharma said his elder brother, Chaman Lal Sharma, was delivering milk to a shop near Chandpole Hanuman temple when the blast took place. He died.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
“My brother was the head of our family. It is wrong that those accused of the blast will walk free,” said Sharma.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd