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Ludhiana cylinder blast: 3 days on, victims’ kin battle to get back to normal life

It’s around afternoon with temperature hovering around 40°Celsius. An eerie silence prevails at the street no. 4 of New Samrat Colony at Giaspura. 

punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2018 15:35 IST
Amarpal Singh
Amarpal Singh
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Family members of the persons who were injured in the LPG cylinder blast show expenditure bills of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Three days after a gas cylinder explosion took four lives and 30 are battling, the survivors’ kin are finding it difficult to get life back on track. Some families have their bread earners in the hospital battling for life, while the rest are still coming to terms with the tragedy.

It’s around afternoon with temperature hovering around 40°Celsius. An eerie silence prevails at the street no. 4 of New Samrat Colony at Giaspura.

The ill-fated house where the cylinder exploded is located in the middle of the street. The house is locked as all the five members of the family were caught by the fire. Sunita Yadav and her son Raj have passed away while Ashok Yadav, husband of Sunita and their two daughters Pooja and Kajal are battling for at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

A few metres away in the opposite lane, Vikas Singh, 32, was sitting outside his house. He is the brother of Yashwant Singh, 40, who is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and brother-in-law of Shashi Singh, wife of Yashwant, who was declared dead a day before.

Vikas was mourning the death of his sister-in-law and other who have been injured. While Vikas was talking to this correspondent, other residents gathered and shared how their life has changed after the incident.

Bearing treatment’s expenses

Yashwant’s brother Manoj shared that political leaders made several promises but till date he has been bearing the expenses of Yashwant’s treatment. “I have paid around Rs 10,000 and footing treatment expenses further will be difficult for us,” he said. Fund crunch was echoed by Ashok Kumar, brother of Dharminder, who is being treated at DMCH.

Yashwant has two sons — Gaurav Singh, 21,, pursuing BTech at an engineering college in Sirhind and Aryan Singh, 12, who is Class 7 student. “Yashwant and Shashi were the head of the family. Yashwant is in critical condition and we have not told him yet that Shashi is nor more. We are not allowing the kids to meet Yashwant as it will break down their hearts”, said Vikas.

He added that they are going to hospital rather than going to factory. “With the education fee of both the children, treatment expenses of Yashwant and daily expenses of the family, the burden has increased and we do not earn enough to meet all of these,” the brothers said.

Kin allege poor facility at ESI Hospital

The kin of many victims alleged that facilities are not proper at ESI Model hospital. Moreover, many claimed that the doctors at ESI hospital misbehaved with them.

Dharminder, who was referred to ESI hospital from the Civil Hospital on the date of the incident was kept in the general ward under a fan and then was referred to PGI hospital, where the bed in the ICU was not vacant, Now he was referred to DMCH. His brother Ashok said the medical system in the state is not proper, “especially in ESI, which also lacks infrastructure. We wasted half a day in referring the patient to another hospital, which is one of the main reasons that Ram Naresh also died yesterday,” he said. Naresh was declared dead at the GTB hospital after he was referred by ESI hospital.

‘Raj and I used to play together’

After the death of 13-year-old Raj, his friend and neighbour Deepak, who shares the same wall with the house said he is missing his friend as they both used to play in the streets after school. Raj was Class 5 student in a private school, while Deepak is studying in a government primary school.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 15:33 IST