The scenes outside Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32) and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) in Chandigarh — the two hospitals housing the survivors as well as the victims of Monday’s accident — were heartrending to say the least.
According to hospital officials, 13 children have been admitted at GMCH-32 and the remaining four at PGI. Most of the children suffered head injuries.
Security personnel on duty struggled to maintain order even as anxious guardians searching for their wards tried to force their way into the surgical emergency section.
A woman who identified herself as mother of Akshit was seen forcing her way into the minor emergency operation theatre of GMCH-32 where her child was being treated.
Raj Kumar a labourer and father of Aashish, 7 and Shivam, 4, was not as lucky.
He had received a phone call in the morning informing him about the accident. He was told that Aashish was first taken to the local hospital in Vita. But when he got there he was referred to the Ambala Cantonment hospital, where Aashish, a student of class I, was declared dead.
After learning of his elder son’s death, Raj Kumar, who was still looking for his younger son Shivam was referred to GMCH-32. But once he reached there with his brother he learnt that Shivam too passed away. Shivam was a student of nursery.
“I had sent both children to school never imagining that such a thing could happen. I don’t know what to tell their mother,” said Raj Kumar.
Meanwhile, the Ambala district administration has ordered that all government, government-aided and private schools will now function from 10am to 3.30pm till January 31 in view of morning fog in the region.
(With agency input)