Bullet injuries healed, inner wounds still painful: Devika

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 11:21:47


Staff Reporter,


The survivor of 26/11 Pak-sponsored terror attack in Mumbai, Devika Rotawan, feels that the nation will change when we change ourselves

She might have recovered from bullet injuries she received during 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the wound she got is still alive in her. As Mumbai witnessed deadliest Pakistan sponsored terror attack on November 26, 2008, Devika Rotawan, who was a 9-yr-old to witness the same, was lucky to survive it.

Devika saw Pakistan backed terrorist Ajmal Kasab firing indiscriminately at people in Mumbai’s CST railway station that day. Recalling her bitter memories of 26/11, Devika described the soldiers as honest and they are the real heroes. “Instead of following the reel-life heroes, we all should make our jawans our ideals,” Devika said during an interaction with mediapersons at Raipur Press Club here.

Devika said that on November 26, 2008, she along with her father and brother Jayesh was waiting to board a train to Pune to meet her eldest brother Bharat, when a bullet struck her in the right leg. “Initially, we thought some Haj pilgrims were celebrating by bursting crackers. However, the situation soon turned into a nightmare for us to see pool of blood and people dying,” she said. She was accompanied by her father Natwarlal Rotawan.

Notably, Devika was one of the key witnesses after Kasab was arrested alive by Mumbai police. She said that she and her family had to face a lot of difficulties after the incident. “My school did not allow me to pursue my study in fear terrorist might attack the school even though lately I continued my study in the same school. Even my relatives stopped talking to me and inviting me to their homes. I was threatened and offered money to turn hostile in the case. However, I remained immovable,” said Devika who wants to become an IPS officer and end terrorism.

On rape incidents, Devika said that the accused of such crimes should be hanged till death even if the accused is minor. Emphasising on the need for change in thoughts, Devika said that the nation will change when people will change their thoughts. Devika said that she recovered from the bullet wound after undergoing six operations but the scars of the wound is still haunting her.