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Old 03-Jan-2009
deepak pace
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Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday had a tough message for the Assam state government. "Concentrate on development and let the security forces do their job," said Chidambaram.

The statement came after serial blasts in the state capital on the first day of the year, in which five people were killed and more than 60 injured.

However, the public anger that was visible after the blasts in October was not seen this time. Are people now numb to the violence and just reconciled to their fate?

Raghuram Malakar, brother of a victim, shuttled between two hospitals to attend to his family members injured in Thursday's triple blast. His brother and his father-in-law were injured in the cycle bomb parked in a daily market of Bhutnath.

"My brother has got badly hurt on his chest and my father-in-law has probably lost his eye," said Raghuram.

Kamal Das, who is 32 year old, owned a retail shop on cell phone sim cards. He was in the market for a cup of tea when the blast occurred. He later succumbed to his injuries. Eyewitnesses claim he could have been saved if help arrived on time.

"He was still alive after the blasts but the ambulance arrived half an hour later," said an eyewitness.

Seven-year-old Rahil was in the market with his mother and 11-month-old sister. He wanted to buy biscuits when the blast killed him instantly. His sister and mother are in the hospital with serious injuries and there is no one in the family to carry out the cremation.

Two months later, we are back again in another blast affected area. Like the rest, Sahil and the other victims of Thursday's blasts will soon become numbers.

For those affected and their families, it is only accepting their fate in a state where blasts like these are now an everyday occurrence in the city.

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