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'I just did my duty, I don't want money'

July 31, 2008
Uday Pratap Singh, a watchman, is tired of questions from the police and journalists. It was Singh who noticed and reported a red Wagon R car packed with explosives at Sargam Complex in Surat.

Since it was a few days after the Ahmedabad blasts, Singh got suspicious about the car parked in his compound with a doctor's sign on it. Initially, he thought it belonged to some doctor staying in the building but later realised that no had turned up to claim the car.

He immediately informed the building authorities who then informed the police.

The Wagon R car was loaded with explosives and the bomb squad was called to diffuse the bomb.

Singh is one of the persons who will get Rs 21,000 for being vigilant and informing police. But money is not on his mind. "Let them give me Rs 42,000, I won't accept it. I am just doing my duty. Since that incident I am fed up. The same questions are being hurled at me every now and then by the police and mediapersons. I feel that I should run away from this city to my hometown Sultanpur," he said.

Image: Uday Pratap Singh, who reported one of the bomb-laden cars.

Reportage: Syed Firdaus Ashraf and Prasanna Zore | Images: Prasanna Zore

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