HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
JANAKPUR: Families of the four who were killed in yesterday’s blast in Janakpur mourned the deaths of their dear ones and were concerned about their future, as all the deceased were the only breadwinners.
Bimal Sharan Das, Jhagaru Das, Ranju Jha and Suresh Upadhaya were killed when a blast ripped through Ramananda Chowk in Janakpurdham where a protest was being held.
Jhagaru’s father, who was still in the state of shock, was yet to believe that he had lost his son. His wife runs a shop on the premises of the Janaki Temple. His 18-year-old son has appeared in SLC and 16-year-old son is studying in Grade X. His two daughters are already married.
With the death of Bimal Sharan Das, his wife and three children — all below 16 years of age — are left to fend for themselves. His eldest son is a ninth grader while younger one is in Grade VI. His daughter is a fifth grader. Bimal was the sole breadwinner of the family.
Family of Suresh Upadhaya is also at their wit’s end. Suresh is survived by his wife, an eight-year-old son who is disabled and a seven-year-old daughter. After Suresh, there is no one to take care of the family and children’s education.
Ranju Jha was a theatre artist and is survived by her husband, who works in New Delhi, daughter Anshu and son Gyanendra. Jha was a renowned name in Mithila theatrical circle.
Victims to be declared martyrs
BIRATNAGAR: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said on Tuesday that the government would declare the four people killed in Monday’s blast in Janakpur martyrs and provide compensation to their kin. Four people were killed and 28 injured when a bomb went off near a crowd of protesters at Ramananda Chowk in Janakpurdham on Monday. “The government has reached an informal consensus to declare the deceased martyrs and provide compensation to their families,” Bhattarai told mediapersons at Biratnagar airport. He, however, did not reveal the amount of compensation the families of the dead would receive. Describing it an act of cowardice, the prime minister pledged that the perpetrators would be brought to book.