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Harda kid injured pushing disabled dad to safety dies

BHOPAL: Every death in the

Harda fireworks factory blast

is tragic, but this one is particularly heart-wrenching. A

nine-year-old boy

, who was injured while frantically pushing his disabled father to safety in his wheelchair, succumbed at AIIMS-Bhopal Friday evening, taking the death toll in the tragedy to 13.
Ashish and his father Sanjay Rajput were hit by chunks of concrete blasted out by the explosions while trying to get to safety on Tuesday. Sanjay is still under treatment.
Sanjay, who can’t use both of his legs, ran a paan shop outside the firecracker factory. “His wife and daughter worked in the factory. The child, Ashish, was getting ready for school when the explosions started. His mother and sister escaped the initial blasts and ran to safety. Ashish sprinted to rescue his father. He was pushing the wheelchair with his little hands when they were both hit,” Jitendra Saini, their neighbour in Harda’s Bairagarh village, told TOI.

Father and son were brought in an ambulance to Narmadpuram, 100km from Harda. Ashish’s health began deteriorating on Thursday and he was shifted to AIIMS-Bhopal, 80km from Narmadpuram, where he died a day later.
Eight of the injured were admitted to AIIMs-Bhopal and 27 to Hamidia Hospital. Nine of them have been discharged while 25 remain hospitalised. “We have 21 patients at Hamidia,” Gandhi Medical College dean Dr Salil Bhargav told TOI.
Ashish and his father Sanjay Rajput were hit by chunks of concrete blasted out by the explosions while trying to get to safety on Tuesday. Sanjay is still under treatment.

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