Shital Yadav — then a three-month baby girl — who was critically injured in the 26/11terror attack at CST railway station in Mumbai, has received help from an unexpected quarter.
Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and wife Gauri have sent a cheque of Rs one lakh for the child.
Shital, who lost her father Upendra Yadav in the attack at CST, and mother Sunita have been driven out of their parental house in Basewan village of neighbouring Ghazipur district.
Sunita and Shital are presently living with the latter’s father Faujdar Yadav in Katarwan village. On Monday, Sunita received the Rs one lakh cheque sent by the Khans for Shital, now five-months-old.
“It’s strange that while a big star like Shahrukh Khan has sent us money after knowing about our plight through media, our own family has driven us out in a time when we needed them the most,” says Sunita.
Sunita’s in-laws allegedly ill-treated her after she went back from Mumbai.
“On coming back, I was blamed for losing my husband. They even took my jewellery and forced us to leave the house forever,” she says.
Sunita is however sad that they could not meet the Khans. “We could not meet Shahrukh and Gauri Khan when we were in Mumbai. We had heard that they wanted to meet us. We would like to meet and thank them at my father’s house in Katarwan village,” she says with Shital, who is suffering from acute pneumonia, in her lap.
Sunita’s father Faujdar Yadav claims that the Rs five lakh cheque given by the government as compensation for Upendra was initially taken by Upendra’s sibling Ram Bachan.
“Later, when the authorities were told about the anomaly they handed over the cheque to Sunita and Shital. The same happened with the Rs 50,000 each cheques meant for Sunita and Shital,” he said.
Upendra, who worked as a computer operator in a private company in Vapi, Gujarat, was waiting for the Mahanagari Express train to Varanasi with Sunita, Shital and brother-in-law Santosh, when terrorists struck. While Upendra succumbed to brain injuries at JJ Hospital two days later, Sunita, Shital and Santosh were discharged after three weeks.
All three however still have remnants of pellets and splinters in their body.