March 29, 2013 12:25:21 am
Karna Bahadur,32,one of the two persons from India killed by French soldiers in Bangui,the Central African Republic capital on Monday,reportedly after their vehicle was mistaken for a car bomb,had gone there to work as a cook,hoping to earn enough to build a house and bring his scattered family together.
His wife Seema,along with two daughters,lives with her parents in Chandigarh while his brother Prakash lives in a rented house here with his wife and daughter. His mother Amrita lives in Nepalgunj,Nepal.
How could he be mistaken for a bomber? He was always cheerful and smiling. Wherever he went,he made many friends, said Prakash.
Bahadur left for Bangui in November 2012. The day before he left,Bahadur asked me to take care of his wife and two daughters. His sole purpose was to earn enough money to build a house. He said it was just a matter of two years and he would return and build a house where his family,my family and our mother would all live together, he recalled.
Prakash said the family is paying the monthly instalment of Rs 2,000 for the plot that Bahadur had booked.
Seema works as a domestic help for a Dr Pradeep Agarwal. We have only told her that Bahadur is injured and will be coming to Chandigarh for treatment, said Dr Agarwal.
The Indian ambassador called me Wednesday and said it will take two or three days to bring his body to Chandigarh.
Hailing from Buddhapur village near Nepalgunj,Bahadur came to India after a fight with his father Lalit Bahadur in 1998.
He worked as a cook in different cities. We had no contact with him for years. In Chandigarh,he met a girl and married her. After that he shifted to Lucknow and lived here for more than five years before he decided to go to Africa, said Prakash.
Neither Prakash nor Seema know much about Bahadurs employer in Bangui.
He said he would be earning Rs 40,000 a month for cooking for some officers of a firm. He did not discuss details about his new job. But his wife,who was constantly in touch with him,told me that he had not got any salary for the last five months, Prakash said.
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