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Relatives of accident victims sad but furious too

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 20:03 IST
Megha Sood
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"Meri behen aur uski beti nahi rahi, ab mein gaon mein apne maa baap ko kya jawab doongi," (My sister and her little daughter are no more, now what will I tell my parents back in the village), Channama Timmanna (30) shouted in Telegu.

With tears flowing from her eyes and anger in her tone Timmana sat on one side of the main gate sobbing on the death of her 25-year-old sister, Maniamma Timmanna and five-year-old niece, Kavita in the dreadful accident in the wee hours of Sunday.

"God will never forgive their killers," Timmanna added.

Manniamma and her daughter, natives of Andhra Pradesh had come to the city two months ago as seasonal labourers after the death of her husband. On Saturday after completing their work the mother-daughter pair went to sleep on the pavement of the Carter Road to never wake up after a vehicle ran over them and 13 others. The vehicle rammed into the pavement killing six people instantly and injuring 15 others.     

Like Timmanna, several relatives of the other accident victims flocked in the premises of the Bhabha Hospital just to get a glimpse of their loved ones and to know whether they were fine. The nine persons, who were brought to the hospital in an injured condition, are being treated while three out the nine, who are in a critical state, are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

There was a chaotic situation at the hospital as the victims were brought in on stretchers. Doctors and the hospital staff seemed occupied attending to them and giving them first aid.

"I immediately rushed to my brother as I heard the news. When I reached the spot my 'bhabhi' had already died on the spot while my brother had suffered severe injuries. He is fighting for life and is admitted in the ICU presently," said Narayan Malla (35), a resident of Dahisar.

"The doctors have declared that there are very little chances for him. I am just hoping for the best and praying that Raju gets the gift of life from God," added Malla. Malla's brother Raju (35) and his seven-months pregnant wife Lakshmi (25) had come here two months ago just to earn bread and butter as there was no work for him in the village after the drought.

Raju, who was sleeping first in the row, got severe injuries while Lakshmi, who was sleeping next to him, got crushed to death.

Victims, who are mostly from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu regions, come to the city in the months of October and November in groups of 15 to 20 as contract daily wageworkers for cleaning sewage and gutters. These groups work in the city for approximately two or three months and go back to their native places after earning Rs 1000 to 2000. After completing their shift at 6.00 pm daily the workers, who stays in hutments near their workplace, cook food and go to sleep on the pavements and footpaths itself as they have to get up early and report to work by 8.00 am.
    
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