HYDERABAD: For people working in Padmavati Matching Centre, a few feet away from the spot when the horrific bomb blast in Dilshukhnagar occurred almost three years ago, it feels like yesterday. Limbs strewn on the road, people struggling to walk with pieces of iron and other metals stuck in their back, eyelids popped out, one even dangling, teeth falling off — it was a daze, they recalled.
On Monday, when the culprits were sentenced to death, people who witnessed these horrific images were still sceptical. “They waited too long. So many families are still suffering because of them. They should have been hanged much before. Even now, I am not confident that they will receive their due punishment. If they challenge it in a higher court, it will go on and remain pending like thousands of other cases,” rued Lakshmi Maheshwar, owner of a shop opposite Konark Theatre.
“My boss was sitting in this chair and we heard an explosion that happened near 107 bus stop. We assumed it was a gas cylinder that burst and were stepping out when the second one, right beside our shop exploded. ,” she said. “It is worth the number of innocent lives and families that have been destroyed,” shared Sunitha, who works in the juice shop next to the place where explosion took place.
At Santhosh Paan Shop, opposite to the blast site, Shanker shared that he was in Tirupati when the incident occurred and it was only time that he wasn’t around. “My brother’s son who was here narrowly escaped. Those people need to know what it means to topple lives of common people,” he said.
Members of the Bomb Blast Victims’ Federation, which was formed after the blast at Gokul Chat in 2007, conducted a candlelight vigil. Jayaprakash, president of the forum, said, “Death sentence is the ultimatum. However, we would like to know the view point of these terrorists. That will help us nip the problem in the bud.”