Politicians stay away, say blast victims' kin

Relatives of the Delhi High Court blast victims at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital are angry with VIPs who thronged the venue yesterday. "Politicians, keep off!" seems to be their message.

Vinod Bakshi's 34-year-old brother, Mridul, is battling for life in the ICU. Vijay Kumar's 26-year-old son, Vinay, is being treated for shrapnel injuries.

Rishabh, the son of A K Sharma, a teacher who was killed i
n a blast outside Delhi high court, watches his father's cremation

Both strongly agree that there should be no VIP movement in hospitals in the first 12 hours of such emergencies.

"VIP visits bring unnecessary pressure on the hospital staff," said Kumar.

Bakshi agreed, "Instead of giving care to the patients, they are expected to 'attend' to the politicians. The VIPs are more concerned about their publicity and use the opportunity to blame each other. This does not help the common man."

Barring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who personally met the blast victims and their relatives, the likes of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, BJP leader L K Advani, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Home Minister P Chidambaram failed to meet blast victims or their kin.

While they expresed anger against the VIPs, the relatives of the blast victims had words of praise for the RML staff: "They have been giving their best."

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