Breadwinners die, families lose hope

Raju, Rubina and Sonu do not know each other, but the fire that engulfed the five-storey building on Surya Sen street strung them together in their misfortune of having a breadwinner snatched away.

Fifteen-year-old Raju, whose migrant labourer father Rajnish who slept in the shop at nights after a hard day's work was standing beside the gate crying inconsolably. "Please bring back my father, I don't know where he is," he wept.

Thirty-year-old Rubina said her husband, Ismail, a daily labourer, and her family were to leave for a wedding next month for which they had saved up. "We were about to leave for our village for my sister-in-law's wedding next month. We don't know what will happen now," she sobbed.

A 10-year-old boy, Sonu along with his uncle was looking for his father and grand father, who had a grocery shop in the market.

"I am searching for my father Ratan Lal and my grandfather. Both of them had stayed back in the shop last night. Please help me find them," he said as tears rolled down his cheeks.

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