Minor siblings yet to come to terms over loss of parents

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016,14:47 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Two minor siblings, who were orphaned in the Puttingal temple tragedy that claimed 110 lives, are yet to come to terms with their huge loss. Kishore and his elder sister Krishna, studying in seventh and ninth standards respectively, have only their aged grandmother to support them. My dream was to become a doctor, Krishna, who is also an artist and has pictures drawn by her in her small house, told television channels.

But now with our parents gone I do not know if my dream will come true, she said. Her younger brother Krishna is a big fan of Bollywood films and wants to be an actor when he grows up, she said. Their grandmother, Sarasamma, said I am old and do not know how long I will live. Someone should help us. The parents Bency and Baby Girija were running a makeshift tea stall near the temple and both were killed in the explosion during the fireworks display.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who chaired a high-level meeting today to discuss matters relating to the tragedy and treatment related matters to the patients, has assured that the government would take a decision on adopting the two children after getting a report from the revenue officials.

The accident at the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex occurred during an unauthorised display of fireworks early Sunday morning after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers, triggering explosions.

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