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HindustanTimes Sat,01 Nov 2014

Family of man who gave life for Anna stir struggles to survive in Bihar

Avinash Kumar , Hindustan Times  Paliganj (Patna), January 12, 2014
First Published: 17:00 IST(12/1/2014) | Last Updated: 17:02 IST(12/1/2014)

Fortune has favoured Arvind Kejriwal and some others who were part of the Anna Hazare-led anti corruption movement, but the family of a Bihar man who sacrificed his life to the cause is struggling to survive.

Dinesh Yadav, 32, immolated himself at New Delhi's Kisan Ghat on August 23, 2011, in support of Hazare's fight.

He succumbed to his burns at Lok Nayak Hospital six days later.

Since then, the people's movement engendered by Hazare has taken the shape of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has come to power in Delhi with Kejriwal as chief minister.

But there is none to remember Yadav's sacrifice and help his family living in abject poverty at Sarfuddinpur village of Patna district.

All eight family members - Yadav's parents, wife and five children - toil as daily-wage labourers in agricultural fields to eke out a living.

His three sons and two daughters are aged between four and 14 years, but the family is so poor that it cannot even afford to send them to a free government school.

"Even if free education is offered to them in a government school, some money is still required for buying slate, books and pencils," said Malmatiya Devi, Yadav's wife.

Yadav used to be the sole bread winner for his family, said his mother Maya Devi.

"He used to work as a labourer for hire in Patna, and send us money. He would sometimes visit his two brothers in Delhi, and work along with them in ice-cream factories," she said.

Yadav's father Basah Babu said it was high time someone came to the family's aid.

He said CP Thakur, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, had written to chief minister Nitish Kumar, demanding a government job for Yadav's widow, a house for the family under the Indira Awaas Yojana and free education for his children. But nothing has changed.

"No one has come to help us. It seems Anna Hazare and all his team members have forgotten a martyr of the movement," the father said.


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