New Delhi: Relatives of
the Delhi High Court blast victims at the Ram Manohar Lohia
Hospital are "very angry" with VIPs who thronged the venue
Wednesday. "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. Both strongly agree that there should be no
VIP movement in hospitals in the first 12 hours of such
"VIP visits bring unnecessary pressure on the hospital staff,"
said Vijay 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 Wednesday night, the likes of
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, senior BJP leader L.K.
Advani, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Home Minister P.
Chidambaram failed to meet blast victims or their kin. The terror
strike has killed 12 people and left 96 injured.
While they expressed anger against the VIPs, the relatives of the
blast victims had words of praise for the RML staff: "They have
been giving their best."
Vinod said, following instructions from the prime minister, he was
receiving hourly briefings on the condition of his brother.
Harishankar, whose brother Radhey Shyam, 60, is undergoing
treatment, said: "I would not have been able to afford such
He too felt VIP movement "affected" medical attention in the
initial few hours.
Every bit an example of grit, Radhey Shyam, who lost his left leg
below the knee, is still shocked after the blast. "I somehow
managed to pick up my lower leg which had blown away. It was total
chaos at Gate 5 with blood splattered all around me. The police
took me to the hospital," he told IANS.