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AWAITING JOY,BRUSH WITH TERROR

MANJU AGRAWAL has nothing to recall of her marriage ? no album, no video and no smiling guests. All that she could ?see? about the fateful evening on Tuesday are mutilated bodies strewn all over. She is undergoing treatment in Sir Sundarlal Hospital- BHU.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 01:13 IST

MANJU AGRAWAL has nothing to recall of her marriage — no album, no video and no smiling guests. All that she could ‘see’ about the fateful evening on Tuesday are mutilated bodies strewn all over. She is undergoing treatment in Sir Sundarlal Hospital- BHU.

Like any other family, the Agrawals too had dreamt of getting their children married at the famous temple, but as fate would have it, evil hands of terror shattered the dreams with a single blast killing four of the family members on the spot and injuring many more from the families of both the bride and the groom.

The dead are Shyam Babu, Manohar Bhalotiya, Pandit Prabhakar Dwivedi and a cameraman.

“This is the place of the marriage, and the blast, see what’s left,” said a mahant of the temple to a visiting team of journalists. Shankar Singh is another such victim, who had come to Sankat Mochan temple to attend his niece’s marriage, but the moment of joy turned to grief. He has been admitted to hospital following severe injury in the blast.

While the Agrawals and the Singhs are busy collecting bits and pieces, the family of Gupteshwar Singh from Rohtas district has fallen prey to the blast.

Singh had brought his wife to BHU for appendix operation, but now he is the intensive care unit, while his wife and nephew are in the opposite ward. Shankar Prasad, who had come from Bhojpur in search of joy, is now busy attending his daughter, niece and aged mother Leelavati Devi in a private hospital. “I am happy that my mother is alive,” said Shankar.

Damodar Roy, by profession a bandmaster, has lost his one eye. He pensive looks make one appear as if he is lost in the worry of future. The BHU student injured in the blast had only one question to visiting netas and ministers, “When will this end?” But, sadly, he could not get a satisfactory reply.

Sadhna Roy is waiting outside the hospital for the news, hopefully for a good, about her mother, while Dr Hajjan handed over the cheque for Rs 50,000 back to government officials as he was told that his injuries were not so severe to receive that big compensation.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 01:13 IST