A day after 13 blasts ripped apart the state of Assam, people are torn between anger and remorse. Curfew had to be re-imposed on Friday when protesters pelted stones at the police. And the police fired in retaliation, injuring four.
“We had to re-impose curfew in the Ganeshguri area to restore normalcy,” Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner Prateek Hajela said, adding, “We have requested the army to man the entry points to the city.”
Senior BJP leader LK Advani visited Ganeshguri and inquired about the injured at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH). But Advani had to face angry lawyers shouting, “Go Back Advani”, when he went to the blast site near the deputy commissioner's office.
At Kokrajhar, where 21 people died, an angry crowd demanded an assurance from Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil that their lives and properties would be protected.
And the anger came from countless tales of remorse. Take this, for example, story of Moromi, a five-year-old child:
Shaadi was something Moromi hated. “I will always be with you,” she would tell her father Sagar Sarma whenever he mock-threatened her with marriage.
Now, her mother Sunita wishes the little one were with her father — blown to smithereens in Ganeshguri — instead of lying at GMCH with over 50 per cent burn.
“Why didn’t they kill her too? What crime did she commit to suffer like this?” she wailed. According to doctors, the class-I student of Hengrabari LP School near Ganeshguri, is still in a serious condition.
Moromi’s father Sagar Sarma, a carpenter by profession, like other days, took his daughter from the school. And while returning home with Moromi, the tragedy struck.
Sarma, who came to Assam from Samastipur district of Bihar in search of livelihood, married Sunita, a Bengali girl from Dhubri district of Assam. Sunita works as a domestic help. They had an eight years old son Karan and Moromi.
Dr Seema Rekha, assistant professor at GMCH, said, “She received burn injuries mostly on her face, chest and head. Her condition is still serious.”
Meanwhile, the situation in Guwahati remained tense during the day, with very few people venturing out and most of the markets being closed. While new faces received fleeting glances of suspicion, even lone bicycles were not spared. The police kept on checking parked vehicles in the areas adjacent to blast sites.
The most chaotic scene was witnessed at the district commissioner’s court where scores of vehicles — both two and four-wheelers — were in total shambles.
On Friday morning, lawyers were busy trying to identify their vehicles amid the debris of molten rubber and shreds of metal.