Bullets pierce buntings, child's first birthday turns into nightmare

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Arnia
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2014 23:29 IST

Bullets pierced through buntings. Blood-soaked beds. Father injured. The magnitude of trauma is beyond the comprehension of Tanya Magtora, who turned one-year-old just before the firing started by Pakistan on Monday night.

Taniya, still wearing colourful birthday clothes, is unaware of what had happed, but her face turns grim on seeing her sobbing mother.

"She is our first child and it was her first birthday. Every one known to us was invited. Greetings and claps reverberated all around. But in just a few hours, everyone was crying and sobbing. No parents on the earth in their wildest dreams could have imagined what we have seen with our naked eyes," said Nitu Magotra, Tanya's mother.

In her freshly painted home, pieces of cake and left over delicacies on the plates are now littered all over.

Nitu had called her family members from Ratnuchak, about 60 km from Arnia, for celebrations. Many of them stayed back. Since her three-room home couldn't accommodate all, some of them decided to sleep on the roof.

"They were all joyful and wanted to enjoy cool night breeze, little knowing that breeze could carry bullets," said Nitu.

On roof, the beds are now soaked with blood turned upside down with imprints of cries and horror. Six family members, including Tanya's father Rakesh Kumar, were injured. They were taken to the Government Medical College Jammu for treatment.

About 3 km from Arnia at Mashian-de-Kothe area, it's virtually the replay of tragedy but with much more gravity and ferocity at Purshotam Kumar's home, who along with daughter and two other family members died in firing.

In an open mud verandah, human blood has been mixed with that of the animals. While the deceased were taken away for last rites, three dogs, probably their domestic ones, were still lying dead with bullets marks.

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