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Saturday, October 31, 2009

30/10: Bereaved family to get PM’s compensation

SILCHAR, Oct 30: A year of utter pain and remorse has been completed today, but the Sinha family of Bhakatpur, a suburb of Silchar town, was yet to come to terms with life. And the family was not sure whether they will ever be able to lead a normal life as they used to do before October 30, 2008, the fateful day when Jyotsna Sinha, mother of three children, died in one of the gruesome bomb blasts at Ganeshguri, Guwahati.

Mahendra Sinha, husband of Jyotsna, wept unconsolably as he told The Sentinel that the 30/10 blasts had disrupted the normalcy of their life. To add insult to the mental injury, the Sinha family was yet to get any financial compensation from the Government, as promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the serial blasts. Jyotsna Sinha, a school teacher who went to Guwahati along with her son Prabhaskar and was waiting at Ganeshguri as the latter rushed to the relative’s place they had been staying in to get some papers. The blast had taken place and Jyotsna lost her life. It is to be mentioned that Jyotsna Sinha was the only victim in 30/10 blasts from Barak Valley.

Mahendra Sinha, who had retired from IB on January last, said he had received Rs 3 lakh from the State Government. But, till date the family is yet to receive compensation from the Centre. Sinha said, “Jyotsna’s name was at number three in the list of those who had died in the blasts”.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ganguli said the district administration had not been informed about the compensation from the Centre. However, Rs 3 lakh from the State Government was given to Mahendra Sinha soon after the incident, Ganguly added. THE SENTINEL

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