Disease could not take away 10-year-old Mausam Khanum last week but militants did. She took the full impact of one of the four blasts that rocked Assam on Monday.
Last month, Mausam was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) with a life-threatening abdominal complication. It took a team of doctors more than two hours to save her.
On Monday morning, Mausam was returning to her village, Satsari, near Sipajhar in Darrang district in central Assam with her grandmother Jahanara Begum (45) and uncle Rafiqul Ali (36). But on her way to the bus station, she walked into the blast at Maligaon Chariali, a Guwahati suburb. She was brought dead to the very hospital where she was treated only a week back. Her grandma was also killed, while her uncle survived, barely. “He is battling death in the intensive care unit,” said his younger brother Safiqul, who had come to fetch them.
Unlike Mausam, government employee Amulya Rajbongshi (46) from Baska district, 95 km from Guwahati, was on his way to GMCH to be cured of a nasty chest congestion. Instead, he reached a private nursing home unconscious, on a stretcher, with splinter wounds on his left leg and left hand.
“The blast occurred the moment the bus reached the Maligaon Chariali point,” said Rajbongshi. “I jumped out of the bus. Bleeding, I pleaded with a traffic police and sought help, but he pushed me away and ran for his life.”
Brothers Chandan and Gautom Deka, from Kamrup district, had also come to GMCH for treatment. They were on their way back, but the blast caught them midway.