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Loss of six kin in Amarnath road mishap numbs devout families in Bihar’s Danapur

How could this have happened? This is the question on the lips of those who have lost their dear ones and neighbours who were planning to make the same trip but lived because they didn’t, for one reason or another.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2017 19:49 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Family members at Danapur (Bihar) grieve for pilgrims killed in Sunday’s road mishap en route to Amarnath. (Santosh/HT photo)

Shock and disbelief are the predominant sentiments in four localities of Danapur, located on the western fringes of the state capital, which lost six residents, including a woman, in a bus accident on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, while they were on way to the Amarnath shrine on Sunday.

How could this have happened? This is the question on the lips of those who have lost their dear ones and neighbours who were planning to make the same trip but lived because they didn’t, for one reason or another.

For, the Amarnath pilgrimage is a popular annual outing for many families resident in Danapur,known for being the locational of the divisional railway headquarters bearing its name. Hundreds make the trip every year and return with enough of the Baba Bholenath’s blessings, to last them the year up to the next trip.

This year, about 500 persons from Danapur went on the pilgrimage. With a deep sense of loss,family and relations acknowledge six of them will never make it back home.No wonder, a pall of gloom has descended on localities of Jhunjhun Road, Biwiganj, Bhatthapar and Gajadharchak.

“This tragedy is unprecedented in scale”, mumbled Dinanth Prasad, of Jhunjhun Road, as he waited for the arrival of the bodies od his two sons—Pawan and Dilip - who were killed in the mishap, on Sunday.

The other victims from Danapur were identified as Meena Devi, 55, Sagar, 22, of Bhattapar, Rahul Kumar, 20, and Rohit Kumar, 21. Three of the victims were students and worked in jewellery shops in the sadar bazar area, an old market place in the city. Most of the jewellery shops remained closed on Monday as traders mourned the dead.

"My mother was not interested in going to Amarnath Yatra owing to her old age. But I convinced her not to cancel the pilgrimage. Now, I regret why I persuaded her to go," said Rajesh of Biwiganj, who lost his mother Meena Devi in the mishap.

A grieving Jawahar Prasad, of Gajadharchak, a fruit and vegetables vendor and husband of mishap victim Meena Devi, recalled how his wife was very keen to go on the pilgrimage and that he could not accompany her owing to his other engagements.

Another victim, Rahul of Biwiganj, had undertaken the Amarnath trip for the first time. “He was to get married next year. It is a big tragedy for us,” said his younger brother Rohan.

The death of Rohit, of Bhattapar, has left his two sisters crestfallen. “We were waiting tie rakhi round his wrist on Raksha Bandhan day (to be celebrated on August 7). But now we will never be able to do so again”, said one of them.

Pradeep Prasad, also of Biwiganj, weeping inconsolably as he morned the loss of his son, Sagar, who worked with a jeweller. “He was a very religious and god-fearing person. Our world has come apart since the authorities informed us about his death Sunday evening," he said.