It was some time after six on 11/7. Auto mechanic Hansraj Kanojia was rushing from his Jogeshwari workshop to attend to a client’s car in Goregaon. He never reached his destination. Kanojia is now in the orthopaedic ward of Cooper Hospital, minus his right leg.
"The bomb went off just as I was about to step on to the train," says the 35-year-old. He underwent surgery on Monday to close the amputation wound. But it will be many weeks before he can be fitted with a prosthetic limb and months before he will be able to walk again.
The only breadwinner in a family of five, Kanojia left Azamgarh, UP, in 1990 to work in Mumbai. His wife Urmila and three children — aged ten, six and five — who live in Azamgarh depended on the Rs 500 he sent home every month from the Rs 1,500 he made as a mechanic. "But I can’t go back to that job now," he says.
Kanojia, who lives in a transit camp at Bimbisar Nagar, Goregaon East with his brother Ram Ashray, now hopes to set up a corner store in Goregaon. But he doesn’t have the money. "His wife will also have to move to Mumbai to take care of him," says Ashray. The blast victim will now have to find a new home in the city, support his family and fund his children’s education.
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Hansraj Kanojia, 35
Profession: Auto mechanic
Injury: Right leg amputated below the knee.
At home: Only earning member in family of 5. Made Rs 1,500 a month.
What he needs: Money to start a corner store, money for his kids’ education.
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