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Devika Rotawan: “She Was 9 When She Identified Kasab”

Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique met Devika Rotawan at her residence in Bandra (East)


Devika Rotawan, the then nine-year-old lady who recognized terrorist Ajmal Kasab in courtroom after she was shot by the gunman through the 26/11 Mumbai assaults, faces extreme monetary misery and desires instant help, Maharashtra MLA Zeeshan Siddique stated Monday afternoon.

Mr Siddique, who visited Ms Rotawan, now 20 years outdated, at her cramped residence in Bandra (East), stated he had been impressed by her story and referred to as on the state authorities to reward her for her bravery.

“Meet Devika Rotawan. This brave girl was nine years old when she identified terrorist Kasab in court after the 26/11 attacks. She showed me her bullet wounds and I heard her inspiring story,” Mr Siddique, a Congress chief representing the realm, stated.

Mr Siddique, who stated he had gone to Ms Rotawan’s home with a cheque when he heard about her monetary struggles, additionally referred to as on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allot the younger lady and her household a home within the metropolis beneath a particular quota.

“I request honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra to give this brave girl Devika a house in Mumbai under special quota. I will be writing a letter for the same! We must award her for the bravery she has shown. This will be a great token of appreciation from the #MahaVikasAghadi!” Mr Siddique tweeted.

Eleven years in the past Ms Rotawan stood up in courtroom – with the assistance of crutches – and pointed at Ajmal Kasab, figuring out the Pakistani terrorist as the person who shot her.

Describing the occasions on the evening of November 26, she stated: “There was a loud explosion… my father said we should leave and holding me in his arms he started running in one direction while my brother ran in another direction.”

“Just as we were leaving I saw two persons firing at people. I received a bullet injury in my right leg,” she stated, including, “My leg broke, and blood spilled out”.

Last yr Ms Rotawan shared her expertise in a put up for the Facebook web page Humans of Bombay.

“I was so angry. Flashbacks of women and children dying at the station came back to me. But the clearest memory I had was of his face… I couldn’t get his face out of my mind,” she wrote in that put up.

Ms Rotawan stated that as a result of she had testified, “everyone disassociated” themselves from her household.

“The state government’s promise of a flat is still unfulfilled. But we’re not giving up because we did what we had to for the country,” she stated.

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