She got a birthday gift aboard IC-814, from hijackers

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  1. ppgj

    ppgj Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 13, 2009
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    She got a birthday gift aboard IC-814, from hijackers

    PTI Chandigarh, December 28, 2009

    It is an autographed birthday gift which still makes Pooja Kataria shiver at the thought of being on board the ill-fated IC-814, but takes the centre stage in her living room.

    The gift, a beautiful Kashmiri Pashmina shawl, was given to her by none other than the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane which had been seized by terrorists. Ms. Kataria, then a newly-wed, was returning from Kathmandu and coincidentally, her birthday came in between the week-long hijack drama.

    Ms. Kataria still has vivid memories of the 1999 incident when she had cut an apple on board the flight with hijackers singing birthday wishes for her.

    With her well-wishers making calls to wish on her birthday on Sunday, Pooja, now 33, recalls her innocent request to hijacker “burger” alias Sunny Ahmed Qazi to release her along with her husband Rakesh Kataria.

    “The memories refuse to fade away. December 27, 1999 was actually my new birth. The hijacker turned down my request and instead offered me an apple,” says Ms. Kataria.

    After her marriage with Rakesh Kataria they proceeded to Goa for her honeymoon.

    Ms. Kataria, now a mother of two, son Ajeez and daughter Pihu, came back to the national capital after the trip and the couple soon set out for Kathmandu without telling their parents, who did not know about their presence on the flight for two-three days.

    The Hindu : News / National : She got a birthday gift aboard IC-814, from hijackers
  3. sandeepdg

    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 5, 2009
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    Dude, this has gotta be her most memorable gift for her since being a Pashmina shawl, its bound to be beautiful but being gifted by a dreaded terrorist, its incredible a scary experience also ! :)>
  4. atleast_a_bronze

    atleast_a_bronze Regular Member

    Nov 25, 2009
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    I wish she would have burnt the shawl given by the criminal.

    The 5 Pakistani criminals have indirectly contributed to numerous grave terror attacks on India by virtue of the release of Mazood Azhar, Omar Sheik and Zargar.
  5. spikey360

    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

    Jan 19, 2011
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    The Republic of India
    I was just wondering, it might be possible for us to track down this woman over the internet and get an interview out of her.

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