Mangalore: Shattered by explosion, Bhagya yearns to rebuild life

Brijesh Garodi
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
With Inputs from Andrew L D Cunha

Mangalore, Apr 16: A tragic explosion that occurred as a result of a gas leak in an apartment on Kadri Kambala road on April 4 has left a mother devastated.

Bhagya (35) lost her 15-year-old daughter Bharathi and her husband Shivanand in the tragedy, while her son Anjaneya (14) is battling for life and she herself is still recovering.

The mother-son duo are being treated at district Wenlock Hospital in the city. Bhagya has recovered to a fair extent but Anjaneya continues to be in a serious condition.

Shivanand, from Haveri, used to work as a watchman in the apartments while Bhagya did household chores in various flats in the area. Bharati was a ninth standard student of St Francis Xavier’s School, Bejai, while Anjaneya studies in the eighth standard in the same school.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Bhagya, who is admitted to Wenlock hospital recalls with tears ebbing in her eyes, "On that night, my children and I were sleeping in the room while my husband was out. At around 4 am, my husband knocked on the door to inform me that there was odour of a gas leak emanating from somewhere. I woke up and checked, then found that the smell was coming from our room and I switched off the gas regulator.

“My husband then put on the light - I tried to stop him but it was too late. Suddenly a massive blast occurred and my daughter was thrown out of the compound due to the impact, while we were still inside the room. The walls also collapsed due to the incident," she said.

While Bharathi died on the spot, Shivanand who was critically injured passed away later.

Even though Anjaneya's medical treatment is being carried out free of cost by the hospital authorities, their lives have been totally shattered after the incident.

Bhagya, who is unable to work as before due to the burn injuries, stares at bleak future, with no one to fall back on for support and nowhere to go. It will take a long time for her son to recover from his injuries completely, and more so, for both of them to put this terrible tragedy behind and move on. For now, Bhagya and Anjaneya not only need plenty of prayers, but also financial support to tide over their sorrow.

We make an earnest appeal to philanthropists and our generous readers to join hands for this cause bring back some stability in the lives of Bhagya and her son.

Her bank details are:

Karnataka Bank
Bejai Branch
Account No. 4782500101589301
IFSC Code: KARB0000478

MICR: 575052003




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  • Savitha, Kinnigoli / Dubai

    Wed, Apr 30 2014

    I had checked with someone and below is the reply. Dear Daiji team, please pass on this message to the well-wisher in case he/she does not read this comment.

    “Bhagya does not have a second name. I just discussed with her Bank Manager she suggested to Write the second name also as Bhagya which will be accepted by the bank. Please feel free to write to me for further assistance. If this does not work I can provide alternative number. Bhagya's son started responding to the treatment and this is a good news. “

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  • Well wisher, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 27 2014


    I tried to send the money, but the UAE exchange needs the full name of the lady. Can anyone or Daiji provide us the full name for the lady.


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    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    Done, God Bless her

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  • Angel Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 19 2014

    i dont understand why the dislikes for this article..i feel so sorry for the family..wish even i could contribute my bit..

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  • christine, manglore/kuwait

    Tue, Apr 22 2014

    People don't want to contribute and they don't like others contribute too, so they hit dislikes
    who can tell our feature,we won't and will never have that like these kind problems. only god knows.

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  • nelson, mangalore/kuwait

    Sat, Apr 19 2014

    Our contribution here, will help the boy recover from his trauma and be a future help for his hard working mother.

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  • Ozee Fernandes, Bellore, Muscat

    Sat, Apr 19 2014

    Readers, let us help... please come forward. Let us not think that someone else will contribute. 'Someone else' is 'WE'.

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  • M.Ashraf, Kodijal,konaje

    Fri, Apr 18 2014

    May the almighty relieve from her pain and recover her soon. We have to support the needy..Insha Allah i will.

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  • Kishore Pai, Kundapura

    Fri, Apr 18 2014

    Pray for their well being. Contributed in a small way, though may not return their past happiness, our contribution will at least help them lead a decent life.

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  • Savi,

    Thu, Apr 17 2014

    Dear Alfred, such appeals keep coming in Daiji home page, also there is a charity section where there are some more appeals. The link is


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  • preethi, bejai

    Thu, Apr 17 2014

    I had gone to see Bhagya personally. Just imagine in spite having so much of a pain she smiled at me and she asked me how are you? I was stun…....Instead of she sharing her pain I started flowing. I have seen many cases where people cry and share their feelings regarding the loss of their family. But Bhagya …..She was giving her full smile with a lot of pain in her heart. She dint even share her pain. She is a real strong lady. Yes, she needs our prayer as well as financial support.

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  • Alfred Roshan, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 17 2014

    Koti , Udupi, I really dont know who u are, but i had a petition that i will contribute some amount to the needy, but i dont knw whom to, hence i request daiji, especially walty to put more n more articles like this , so that people like me or who want to contribute towards a right cause can do it in a better way.
    In this case since the name n account holders details are mentioned, we can even cross verify it that amount is going for a right cause.
    hats off to daiji

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  • Koti , Udupi

    Thu, Apr 17 2014

    Dear Mr. Alfred I am not a Hindu,Muslim or Christian. I am a human being. I trust Daiji appeals so may be many. It's up to you to take or leave there is not force. For your kind info the beneficiaries are not my relatives nor i know them. But they are like me, human beings. Seasons Blessings to all. Koti Koti Solmelu. Pandilekka Alpi parbule yeer yer?

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  • mohammed aslam, mangalore

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    it can be happened to anybody,we have to support u
    in every way,insha allah ill do it...

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  • Lily Hubert Lobo, Bejai mangalore

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    I was shocked to hear about Bhagya, as she used to come to serenity aprts, bejai to clean many houses and was a real hard worker,Dear Bhagya our prayers and help is surely with you.May God heal you with his healing power. Andrew good job, God bless you too.

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  • Kishan, MANGALORE

    Wed, Apr 16 2014


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  • nelson, mangalore/kuwait

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    This family really deserves help. I promise.

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  • Koti , Udupi

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    So far there are 116 likes (Forget the dislikes) on an average IRS.2000 means 116x2000 = 232,000.00 should go to the account if not the least. Still counting. Its a Good season and a very good reason to give.

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  • Stephen, sakleshpur

    Wed, Apr 16 2014


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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    A little contribution from all of us will bring a big help to this poor family! Let us pray and do our mite !

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  • santoshprabhu, india

    Wed, Apr 16 2014


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  • Alexander Prashanth Menezes, karkala/Dubai

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    This is really heartening to read the news. Can we imagine our family being shattered like this...I don't think anyone would ever want to end up in this situation. This is a holy week and God has provided us with a perfect opportunity to be compassionate, loving and feel for our brothers and sisters. Please don't delay your help...Just contribute and you will be blessed abundantly by the Almighty...My sympathies to this family.I just heard from my friend that they are trying their best to rehabilitate the mother and son duo, but they don't have a place to stay at the moment. Please help this destitute mother and son.

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  • Koti , Udupi

    Wed, Apr 16 2014

    Comment less contribute more. Banji pottundu.

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  • D Bhat, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 18 2014

    Comment more, contribute more

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