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"She Was 9 When She Identified Kasab":MLA's Urged Uddhav Thackeray To Allot A House To Girl
Mr Siddique, who said he had gone to Ms Rotawan's house with a cheque when he heard about her financial struggles
"She Was 9 When She Identified Kasab": MLA's Urged Uddhav Thackeray To Allot A House To Girl
New Delhi: Devika Rotawan,the then nine-year-old girl who identified terrorists Ajmal Kasab in the court after she was shot by the gunman during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, now faces severe financial distress and needs immediate assistance, said the Maharashtra MLA Zeeshan Siddique on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Siqqique who had visited Ms. Rotawan now is 20 years old at her cramped residence in Bandra, said that he had been inspired by her story and called on the state government 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 leader representing the area, said.
Mr. Siddique when heard about her financial struggles said that he had gone to Ms. Rotawan's house with a cheque, also called on CM Uddhav Thackeray to allot the young woman and her family a house in the city under the special quota.
I request Hon. @CMOMaharashtra 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 government!— Zeeshan Siddique (@zeeshan_iyc) September 14, 2020
"I request honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra to give this brave girl Devika a house in Mumbai under special quota. I will be writing a letter about 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.
Mr. Rotawan eleven years ago stood up in the court with the help of crutches and pointed at Ajmal Kasab, identifying the Pakistani terrorists as the man who shot her.
Describing the events on the night of November 26, she said: "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 said, adding, "My leg broke, and blood spilled out
Ms. Rotawan last year shared her experience in a post for the Facebook 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 post.
"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 said.