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Blast victims stare into unsure future

Even as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram assured that security forces would tackle terror in Assam and PM Manmohan Singh visited the wounded, the bomb blast survivors.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2009 05:50 PM IST

Even as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram assured that security forces would tackle terror in Assam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the wounded, the bomb blast survivors, stare into an indecisive future with no certainty of them going back to earning their livelihood.

Belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) section, the 50 survivors were seriously injured in the blast, which left them mentally traumatised or physically incapacitated to return to their minor trades to fend for their families.

Tragic is the case of Munni Begum who lost her eight year old son in on Thursday's explosion at Bhootnath area in Guwahati. Her 19 month old daughter has a pellet lodged in her head after she suffered multiple injuries in the incident.

Begum, a vegetable vendor admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital is so distraught after her tragedy that she is unsure of ever going back to her livelihood to maintain her family, that includes her two other sons also.

With her husband away in Mumbai, where he is a truck driver, Munni has none to console her now. She said her son was killed when he went to buy a cake, while the baby girl was hit with a pellet when she was in her lap.

Another survivor, Rajinder, who is a rickshaw puller, is distressed that his blast injuries have rendered him disabled leaving him unable to earn for his wife and children.

Unable to understand why the militants were attacking the economically weak section of society, Rajinder said he was worried about how to take care of his family

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