Shopkeepers in Sarojini Nagar market still live in terror
Kiran Saluja still remembers the horror when she comes to work to her juice shop in Sarojini Nagar market. Every time she is there, she says she is constantly on the lookout for anyone suspicious. And no wonder. It was at Saluja’s juice corner on October 29, 2005, that the bomb blast happened, killing her husband Lal Chand Saluja on the spot.
And though much time has passed since then, shopkeepers, visitors and members of the market association, say that lax security arrangements make them anxious.
“It’s been 12 years, but we still do not feel safe. People are entering the market with no checks or frisking. They are carrying bundles and packages of stuff, which none of know about. Most of these men are local vendors or workers at showrooms. They are not verified, neither identified. When at my shop, where the blast took place and killed my husband, I am always alert as I cannot afford to lose more people,” Saluja said.
Others agree. Market association members say that the market is like an open playground with everyone entering without being noticed.
Ashok Randhava, president of the mini market traders’ association, Sarojini Nagar Market, said the market association ensures its own security …read more