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After horror of 26/11, the wait continues - Terror victim kin stare at starvation without jobs, state compensation

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SHAHNAWAZ AKHTAR Giridih Published 04.01.09, 12:00 AM

Giridih, Jan. 4: Money may seem small compensation for the family of a terror victim. But for the family of Prakash Mandal, one of those killed in the 26/11 Mumbai attack, compensation and hope of a source of income is the need of the hour.

Yet, the state seems in no hurry to look into either.

Though the compensation of Rs 5 lakh promised by the Maharashtra government has already been cleared, the state is yet to give the Mandal’s family the promised Rs 1 lakh.

Moreover, the money that arrived from Maharashtra on Wednesday is yet to reach Prakash’s family.

Officer on special duty P.P. Sinha told The Telegraph that they have received the compensation from the Maharashtra government.

“We have got Rs 5 lakh from the Maharashtra government and after its clearance within two or three days, we will give it to the family of Prakash,” Sinha said.

Worse, the state has made it clear that no jobs would be provided for Prakash’s family members, though the compensation would be given.

“Please get us a job. Somewhere. Anywhere. Else we will starve when the compensation money runs out,” Prakash’s mother Radhiya told this correspondent when he visited their home.

All the 13 people in Prakash’s home — his wife Mamta Devi, daughter Silpi Kumari, mother Radhiya Devi, three brothers and their seven children — were dependent on Prakash.

Now, for Prakash’s brother Kedar, who was an Intermediate (arts) student, continuing his education is a distant dream.

“After his (Prakash’s) departure, our family is starving. We have only boiled rice to eat and the children cannot be given milk,” Radhiya said.

The compensation has not reached the family of the other terror victim, Ranchi resident Malayesh Banerjee, either.

Ranchi deputy commissioner Rajiv Arun Ekka said the Maharashtra government was carrying out inquiries and had sought details about Malayesh’s background from them. “After routine inquiries, the Maharashtra government would send the compensation money,” he said.

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