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For the families of the six victims of the Patna bomb blasts, it's a dark Diwali this year. With the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi due to visit them on Saturday, the families have been asked to get garlanded photographs of the victims.
Neighbours and relatives are discussing the compensation the families are likely to get. Most families have been cursing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for not providing adequate security for Modi's rally Sunday when the bombs exploded and also for not visiting them to share their grief.
The Indian Express profiles the six:
RAJESH KUMAR, 23: Rajesh had done an ITI course from Sindri and cleared a written test for a job in Kolkata. A resident of Ahiyapur village in Nalanda district, he is said to have become a Modi fan since returning from Sindri seven months back. Before leaving for the Patna rally, he told his labourer father Anjani Bhushan that he would take up the Kolkata job soon and shoulder the responsibility of educating his three younger brothers. "Rajesh wanted his brothers to pursue higher studies and get government jobs. If those sympathising with us can take care of that, we will get some solace," the father said.
RAJNARAIN SINGH, 65: A small Rajput farmer, Singh belonged to Kamarji village of Gaurichak on Patna's periphery. Singh, two of whose sons are in the Army, was a staunch BJP supporter who would not miss any big party rally. "My mother had asked him not to go because of his old age. But he slipped away from the house. He had once crossed the Punpun river to listen to Rajnath Singh. He would often talk about seeing Modi in person," said his unemployed eldest son Ramvinod Singh. Rajnarain was near a giant TV screen at the rally venue when a bomb exploded nearby. Although they have been visited by several BJP leaders, the village would have appreciated it if Nitish Kumar had also visited them, Ramvinod said.