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Pall of gloom descends on blast victim’s house

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Collector, Deputy Mayor console bereaved family

— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

GRIEF-STRICKEN: Hyderabad blast victim L. Siva Krishna’s mother Krishna Kumari weeping as the body reached home at Srinagar in Guntur on Sunday.

GUNTUR: Even as the rest of the city soaked in festive spirit with the innumerable weddings, a pall of gloom pervaded at the house of Lekkakulu Siva Krishna (23), one of the victims of the Hyderabad bomb blasts. Heart rendering scenes were witnessed at the house in Srinagar, as the body of the MBA graduate reached home late on Sunday night. Parents of the boy L. Chandrapal and Krishna Kumari wept over the body, as the relatives and friends struggled to cope with the grief.

A large crowd gathered outside the house. District Collector Mohammad Ali Rafat and Deputy Mayor T. Murali were among those who consoled the bereaved families. It is now confirmed that three persons from the district, including Siva Krishna, were killed in the blasts. The other two were, D. Chaitanya Prasad from Narsaraopet, a house surgeon at the Osmania Medical College and Venkata Raghavaih from Vemuru mandal near Tenali. The body of Siva Krishna was cremated at Narasaraopet on Sunday afternoon. Parents of Prasad, were on their way to Hyderabad to attend the medical counselling of their younger son, when the news broke out. ``

They (terrorists) snuffed out my son’s life. I do not know what was their intention,” his father, Raghu Prasad, working as an assistant manager, SBI, Muppala branch said.

Eldest of three siblings, Siva is survived by a younger brother Vamsi Krishna and sister Pavani. He was on his way back home, after buying some books at Koti centre, when the blast ripped apart the Gokul Chat Centre. ``My son left home two months ago, after assuring that he would get a good job,” said his father L. Chandrapaul, who has been a kerosene vendor in the area for a long time.

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