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Army aspirant, newly-wed: Two of Delhi locality among dead in Vaishno Devi stampede

Vinay Kumar’s mom had tried her finest to dissuade her son from visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu. It could be too chilly and crowded, she had mentioned. However he resisted. “That is the final time I can go. As soon as I get a job within the military, there gained’t be any time. I have to go now.”

On December 29, the 21-year-old military aspirant left for the shrine on an evening prepare from Faridabad, planning to return by January 2. On Saturday, Kumar’s household woke as much as the news that he was among the many 12 who died within the stampede late Friday evening. It was Kumar’s third journey there.

“Vinay was amongst 12 individuals from our locality who had gone to the shrine. They have been in teams of two. We made frantic calls to the others who have been with him. Considered one of them, Kapil, advised us he had been injured, however that he was let go from the hospital after first-aid. He advised us Vinay was nonetheless admitted. A short time later we have been advised he’s no extra,” mentioned Mahesh Chand, Kumar’s inconsolable father and a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) worker.

The household resides at Molarband Extension in Badarpur.

Barely 100 meters away, in one other lane, the Pandey household was mourning the lack of their liked one. Sonu Pandey, 24, an worker at a pen-drive producer in Okhla, additionally misplaced his life in the identical mishap. He received married simply seven months in the past.

His grief-stricken mom sat coated in a blanket, intermittently crying between lengthy silences.

“A few months in the past he had lower his ring finger badly throughout work, which took a whole lot of time to recuperate. As soon as it healed, he mentioned he wanted to go to the shrine to thank god. However God took away my son. He was my assist system in my outdated age. What is going to we do now?” mentioned Narendra Pandey, his father.

“We received him married on Might 24 final yr. My daughter-in-law Aarti has been largely residing together with her mother and father in Ghazipur, UP since marriage since she’s finishing her BSc third yr. Only recently we rented a third-floor room for them, as a result of she was to maneuver again residence and dwell right here. Now the room is in disarray and all the pieces appears misplaced. All by his life, my spouse by no means left him alone for lengthy durations and now he’s gone, utterly alone,” he mentioned.

At Kumar’s family, his household recalled his ardour for becoming a member of the military.

“He had simply sat for the examination for the sepoy rank about 10-15 days again, and was eager on going to Vaishno Devi to wish that he clears it. We’re in such shock and ache, that we haven’t even advised my spouse that he’s no extra. She already suffers from kidney an infection and nerve injury; she gained’t have the ability to take it,” mentioned Chand.

His daughter Geetanjali, 19, mentioned she had final spoken to her brother at round 6:30 pm. “At the moment he was simply beginning the chadhayi (climb) and advised me that he would video name me as soon as he reaches there. However I by no means acquired that decision. I used to be fearful however thought it might be a community concern. We tried once more early within the morning however in useless. I knew one thing was mistaken however I by no means thought this may occur. This negligence on a part of the federal government and we now have suffered. My brother won’t ever come again now,” she mentioned.

Pandey, in the meantime, mentioned no quantity of compensation might convey again his son, however added that the federal government ought to do its obligation. “We’re a poor household, and he was the breadwinner. I’ve been staying unwell; I don’t understand how lengthy I can maintain working. We don’t need any such untoward incident like this to occur once more. The federal government ought to guarantee this,” he mentioned.

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