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‘Bodies and limbs all around’

It was all chaos and commotion at the emergency unit of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, where most of those injured in the bomb blasts were brought. Digambar Patowary reports.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2008 00:54 IST
Digambar Patowary

It was all chaos and commotion at the emergency unit of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, where most of those injured in the bomb blasts were brought. The injured were being brought in by friends, relatives and good samaritans. They were everywhere: in the wards, on stretchers in the corridors, outside the hospital being carried in.

“Twenty-one people were brought dead. Another 85 injured were admitted in the first two hours after the blasts,” said P Bhattacharyya, the hospital superintendent

“I was in a bus,” said Chiranjeeb Saha, a service engineer with Spice Mobile. “As we reached the Ganeshguri flyover, I heard a loud blast. Immediately, a fire broke out in the bus. Many were injured, though luckily my injuries were minor. There was a pool of blood in the bus. Some bystanders brought us to hospital.”

Shamim Sultana, a housewife, kept moving back and forth in the surgery unit. She was searching for her brother-in-law Ijajul Haque. “His mobile was found at the blast site,” she said. “But I cannot find him anywhere.”

Eyewitness Bikash Goyal said, “Immediately after the blast, there was complete darkness for a while. Then, I saw several bodies and severed limbs all around.”

Another eyewitness, Pankaj Goswami, said: “The impact of the blast was so huge, a packed bus got half burnt and we pulled out a lot of injured people and sent them to hospital.”

Shyam Charan Das, a fish seller, was hit by a splinter in the back and head. “His condition is getting worse. I don’t what will happen,” said his mother-in-law, who was with him in the hospital. “We are poor people. Shyam is the sole earner in our family. Other fish traders of Ganesh-guri market are collecting money for his treatment,” she added.

There was a long queue of people outside the hospital’s blood bank, waiting to donate blood.