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Disbelief, praise and fear in Dinesh Yadav's village

Thursday August 25, 2011 05:58:35 PM, IANS

Sarfuddinpur (Bihar): Some are still in disbelief, others praise him, but his family members fear for his life and their own future: Dinesh Yadav was the family's sole bread winner.

This is the picture in Sarfuddinpur, native village of Yadav, who struggles for his life with 90 percent burns in a Delhi hospital after a self-immolation bid in support of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare.

Two days after the incident at Rajghat, he has become the talking point in Sarfuddinpur, 45 km from Patna. "Dinesh has become a household name," fellow villager Chandeshwar Singh said. "Everyone is praising him but some are still in disbelief."

None could be in greater disbelief than his family. In fact, his father Binda Yadav, mother Maya Devi and wife Malmatiya Devi are stunned and fail to understand what made him do it.

"It is unbelievable for us," his wife said. "He told us that he was going to Patna last Saturday. How and when he reached New Delhi and attempted self-immolation is like a bad dream to us."

Malmatiya has been crying non-stop since Tuesday. "His act will prove costly for me and our (five) children if he dies," she said. "When he did not return by Sunday, I thought he was held up in Patna for some work.

Local police officials informed his father about the incident Tuesday night. "I was not ready to believe it. All of us were shocked as to how it happened," Binda Yadav said. "Initially, no one in the village accepted that Dinesh could do such thing."

Now they evidently do and call him a hero. "We will give him a hero's welcome when he returns to village," Ashok Yadav said. "Dinesh is a real hero for a cause. He was strongly opposed to corruption and a diehard supporter of Anna."

When informed that his condition was critical, Ashok's face turned tense.

Arun Kumar, a friend of Dinesh, found him a little upset and preocupied when he left the village without declaring his intention to visit New Delhi. "Dinesh has made us proud," he said.





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