Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pain, humiliation,grim silence and chaos- Plight Of Victims

Today I being a CEO of News Makers proud to announce that, in my capacity I have assured employment to a few family members of victims of terror attack, we are not announcing this for any publicity, if I being a beginner can do so, even you all can try this with me. Let’s support them.

Since morning several ministers like Lal Krishna Advani, Kripashankar Singh, Sachin Ahir and many others visited the blast spots and even hospitals. Why? What is their contribution? How is their visit going to help the victims? After the attack there was curfew like situation in Mumbai, roads were empty and no police were visible on roads. In suburban Mumbai, no traffic police was seen as they were busy providing security to these ministers for their visit. The most upsetting was the time when Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson & Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrived in the city. All the police personnel leaving everything including security checks were busy giving protection to the VIPs. Although, the intention of these VIPs visit to the city was to express their grief, unfortunately they landed the local citizens present at that location in more stress and inconvenience. The most affected were the vegetable vendors and local shopkeepers as they were forced to shut down their businesses. Moreover, there was a huge ruckus at the hospitals they visited. Looking at the geographical conditions of Mumbai we have less police force, the staff is inadequate. The visits of ministers, their flight expenses and total amount of expenditures can take care of minimum two victim’s family welfare. By visiting such places they are just politicising the issue than offering support.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in Mumbai blasts. How cheap is the life of a person, just worth 2 lakhs. What if a person earning 4 lakhs a year died in this blast? Can this amount take care of his family for entire life? What about those people who have become physically disabled and won’t be able to work for rest of the life, who will support them? How long these 2 lakhs will help them? I know government cannot afford to provide employment to their family members. However at least social think tanks and so called political visitors, such as Kripashankar Singh should empower some of these people. Singh is having amassed property and real estate business, stake in news channel and hence he can easily help blast victims. Sachin Ahir, is a very big investor in real estate and owns construction and hotel business. These politicians have set up this business with common man’s money. This is the time they should to do something for the common man. There are thousands of business groups in Mumbai and if each one plans empowering one victim’s family member, then I think ninety percent worry will diminish.

With very little information to push the investigations ahead, anti-terrorism agencies are struggling to get a basic strong clue which could lead them to that major breakthrough. It’s been 24 hours and they are clueless about the attackers and their motto. Time and again several suggestions have been made to the Maharashtra government to bring about important changes in the existing state intelligence set-up. One of the key changes that were recommended to the state government is to set up a separate wing for intelligence on terrorism in the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad. Most of the officers who are posted with premium anti-terrorism agencies come on a time-bound posting and hence it becomes important to do a handover of the existing sources to the succeeding officer. Emphasis should be laid more on cultivating a source for the agency rather than the officer. However, little or no action has been taken on these recommendations.

In recent times the Indian Mujahideen has gone ahead and claimed responsibility by sending out mails to various media houses, but this time round that has not happened yet. There have been enough indications for the Indian intelligence agencies to take a cue from and join the dots. From Jama Masjid to Varanasi to Pune's German Bakery blast -- all resonated with the signature style of the Indian Mujahideen. All these incidents clearly indicate that terror was struggling to resurface. These were all dots waiting to be joined. There is a pattern. The trick is to analyse the pattern. And that happens best through people giving the ground level intelligence. This ability to analyse is something that blatantly missing.

Most of the times the intelligence officers are asked to gather inputs which are political in nature. This is really pathetic and they are left helpless because establishing political links is not always possible. Chidambaram is unfortunate that intelligence agencies had no prior inputs on the attacks. But reports hint at IM hand pointing to LeT outfit's tendency to strike on the 13th and 26th day of the month. At least five attacks, thought to be carried out by IM in the past three years, have happened either on 13th or 26th, something in this, or mere coincidence? Investigating officials believe the modus operandi was similar to that of the Ahmedabad blasts in 2008.

So many blasts and same story repeated from government and intelligence. Each time we get same answers and monotones announcements but no concrete solutions. Some politicians arrive here to gain political mileage out of this issue and others are making this issue a publicity stunt for them.

Raj Thackeray, a so called well wisher of Mumbaikars and Marathi Manoos has always hidden his face whenever city witnesses any terror attacks. Whatever interviews Raj is giving at present is irrelevant, he had shamelessly said in one of his interview that he cannot do anything beyond paying homage to the dead and sympathy towards injured victims. It’s a shame on this so called messiah of Marathi manoos. He can’t do much more than giving false and pretentious interviews on news channels.

Between all the pain, relatives and friends of the dead and the injured gathered in grim silence at the hospital. The death toll could rise day by day considering the seriousness of the injuries. They have no other option than bidding final farewell to their loved ones and coping up with beloved’s injuries.

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