Two months after he was injured in Maur twin bomb blasts, 12-year-old Ankush Kumar died in a Ludhiana hospital on early Friday morning, taking the toll in the incident to seven.
Ankush, a Class-8 student, had been battling for life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital with 60% burns.
Ankush was the only son of his parents. His father Gian Chand works in the book depot of the Punjab School Education Board at Maur.
He was the fourth child to be killed in the January 31 blasts as earlier Ripandeep Singh, 10, Saurabh Singla, 13, and Japsimran Singh, 14, were among the dead. All these children were residents of the MC Wali Gali and were playing in the street when the blasts occurred in te run-up to the Punjab assembly elections.
A pall of gloom descended on Maur town of Bathinda district. The main market in the town witnessed complete shut down as people started gathering to console the victim’s family.
The local residents and members of the Maur Bomb Blast Virodhi Sangharsh Committee staged a protest keeping Ankush’s body in the middle of the road and they insisted they will not hold the last rites of the child till their demands are accepted.
They are demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore to each of the deceased, government job to one of their family members and Rs 10 lakh each to the 13 injured.
Bathinda deputy commissioner (DC) Diprava Lakra later visited the spot and assured them to take up their demands with the state government. After his assurance they lifted the protest.
The twin blasts took place at Maur on January 31 a few seconds after Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi’s vehicle passed by an abandoned car in which the explosives were kept. Though shrapnel hit Jassi’s vehicle, he escaped unhurt.
Meanwhile, the police are still groping in the dark to find out who were behind the blasts.
The Bathinda police had registered a case against unidentified persons under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Explosives Act.
The district administration had distributed compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of deceased and Rs 50,000 each to 13 injured in the blast.