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I was in shock for 2 years: 26/11 victim

It took two years for 52 year-old Heerabai Jadhav, a resident of Ambernath, to come out of shock after a bullet brushed her right wrist during the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008.

Jadhav works as an ayah at the The Cama and Albless Hospital hospital. After the attack, when various ministers visited the hospital, they promised that all non-permanent employees, such as Jadhav, will be made permanent and promised to give them Rs 50,000 each.


Heerabai Jadhav with her sons Rajesh (left) and Santosh

Jadhav said, “I was helping a patient move out of a ward when the bullet cut through my wrist. It was terrifying and I will never forget it. My right hand still hurts me. I have been making rounds of Mantralaya to get a permanent job at the hospital, but no avail. Why did the ministers make lofty claims when they never intended to fulfill them?”

According to Jadhav, they were handed over the cheque of Rs 50,000. But later, when the cheque was deposited in the bank, they were asked to return it to the collector. Then, the collector asked the hospital to give Rs 5,000 to the Jadhavs, which they refused to accept because they were promised Rs 50,000.

Rajesh, Heerabai’s son, said, “We are shocked at the government’s tactics. We later wrote to Narayan Rane, which took two months to reach. It was only later that we received the promised amount of Rs 50,000 from the government.” 

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