The superstitious believe Friday the 13th brings the worst. It was 11 years back on this day that 59 people perished in a devastating fire inside the uptown Uphaar theatre where Hindi film Border was running to a packed house. Eleven years along, the city remembers the Uphaar dead today — once again, Friday the 13th.
Nothing much has changed since; only the horror of Friday the 13th remains etched in memory. Public places still remain vulnerable to fire-related tragedy, and there is no guarantee that another Uphaar won’t happen again. After more than a decade of the tragedy, accountability continues to be at a premium. No lessons have been learnt. Seriously no one seems to be bothered.
Let us be direct. Have you ever given it a thought. That the