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Orphaned by 26/11, Afroz wants to move on

india Updated: Dec 08, 2008 23:55 IST
Prasad Nichenametla
Prasad Nichenametla
Hindustan Times
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Joh sochte hein wahi hota hai kya… (isiliye) sochne se kuchh nahi hota

,” said Afroz Ansari when asked what he would like to become when he would grow up.

Afroz (the police say he is 13 but he insists he is 12) has a reason to pursue this philosophy. He lost his parents, along with four other relatives on 26/11 — a day which Mumbai and the nation will never forget. Afroz, who would have been celebrating Bakr Eid in his hometown of Mananpur in Nawada district of Bihar, is now lying in ward 19 of JJ hospital, recovering from a bullet injury in his back.

Afroz’s father, Abbas Ansari, was working as a taxi driver, while his mother was a home-maker. While Abbas’s first two sons are in zari work, the third is studying; The youngest one, after Afroz, remains at home.

Afroz said he missed his village. The family residing in Mumbra was on the way to hometown in Bihar for Bakr Eid when the tragedy struck at the CST station.

“Amma aur abba ko to goli lag gayi thi, aur mujhe bachaate huye Iliyaz mamu maare gaye,” Afroz said, while trying to preoccupy himself with a video game gifted by one of the visitors.

Doctors at the hospital said though he was recovering he needed more medical attention. “We would also provide him psychological care for some more time,” Dr V.S. Jaiswal, CMO on duty, said.

Meanwhile, help is pouring in from all sides with people even from the US offering to take care of Afroz. And this seems to be giving confidence to him. He said he knew there were people outside his family who were willing to take care of him. Afroz wants to continue his studies wherever he is.

But Afroz’s brother, Shagir Ansari, said they were awaiting the compensation announced by the government for the kin of the dead.

Afroz, who had lost the sight in his left eye while playing cricket, said English was his favourite subject, followed by Urdu. He was in class V in his village and was attending private tuition in Mumbai.

Afroz, who wants go and stay with his sister married in Nawada, said: “There is no pain now. I don’t know when I will be discharged. Doctors are saying I will be discharged in two three days from last two three days.”

But will he comeback to the city, which took away almost everything from him.

“I like being with my sister but my brothers are here. Abhi tho utna socha nahi… baad mein dekhenge.” (I haven’t thought about it. Let’s see later).