'Money won't bring our son back'

Family of Amanpreet Singh Jolly, who lost his life in the blast, has refused to accept government compensation

"We don't want any compensation, just get us our son back," says Manmohan Singh Jolly, father of Amanpreet Singh Jolly, who was killed in the Delhi High Court blast on 7 September. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Tuesday, where the blast victims are being treated. She patiently heard to every victim and assured them of all possible help and best treatment.

Angry kin: Relatives of Amanpreet Singh Jolly, who died at RML
Hospital after being injured in the blast. file pic

The victims also expressed concern about their future uncertainties. Dikshit individually met the 14 victims who are under treatment in the Resuscitation Unit, Ortho Trauma Centre and ICU. "We don't want any compensation for our son's death. By God's grace, we have a fulfilled house, but it has lost its young spirit. What I plead the government to do is bring in a fool-proof anti-terror mechanism, so that no other family loses their Jolly. Compensation in terms of money cannot fill the void in the lives of those who have suffered such a dreadful incident. No money can bring our son back," said Charan Singh Rana, Jolly's uncle.

A moving story
Amanpreet was a practicing lawyer at the High Court and the Tees Hazari Court. He was also studying law at IME Law College, Sahibabad, and was in the third semester of second year. His family members were still in shock when they reached the RML Hospital, only to realise that he had succumbed to his injuries. Navjot Singh Jolly, Amanpreet's younger brother, who is in Class IX, is still in a state of shock. "He is unable to continue normal life at school and is depressed with what has happened," said Rana. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, chairman, All India Anti-terrorist Front (ATF), said, "What will the government do now? They have lost their son. Paying money cannot help grieving parents."

Present scenario
Meanwhile, 13 victims were discharged in the last two days, while 26 others continue to be under observation in different hospitals. Two patients admitted at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital continue to be critical, and one underwent a leg amputation yesterday, said Dr Sunil Saxena, CMO of RML hospital.

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