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Singhitarai school, which may be an extension of CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility], supported by NGOs run by the powerplant companies. What sort of double irony is this? Does a corporate involvement in "welfare" (through the shadow agents of NGOs) mitigate the contradiction of blasting near a school?
So what happened that day? Did you know from before that there would be a blasting that day?
Yes. It was on all four sides. They said that we should move away from here as there will be blasting. When the blasting happened, there were big stones flying up in the sky. They also fell on the house. People also went to stop this, but…
A stone even hit someone’s head.
Who’s head? The one who was working there.
So was your school open then, classes going on?
Yes. See the wall here, it is cracked.
This has been burst because of the blasting?
Yes. The same also happened to the houses nearby.
What else happened?
The whole environment was turned bad.
Tell me more thoughtfully, what else happened?
With the blasting, a lot of heat is given out…
How kind of heat?
The kind that’s burns.
What else did you all feel that day? Tell me what you experienced.
The blast happened many times.
Not clear, but sometimes upto 6-7 times day.
And now it doesn’t happen?
No. The work is all over. The water is filled.
Were you not afraid at that time?
Yes. We were. There were stones flying everywhere. We used to play in the courtyard, and some sir told us to come inside the classroom. Were were scared that the stones will hit our heads.
Which sir told you that?
Some officer. (perhaps from the company?)
So were there any stones flying here?
Yes, on the roof. It also fell on one kid. Not sure where the stone came from, but it happened during the time of the blasting.