“I HAD never thought that my newborn baby will again go through a painful ordeal,” said Kausar, mother of 9-month-old girl Ridajan, one of the victims of Zirkapur bus accident.
Kausar along with her family members was on her way to AIIMS in New Delhi, where the infant was to undergo a heart surgery on May 20. The family that belongs to North Kashmir’s Baramulla district had boarded the bus from Jammu on Monday evening. Now Ridajan is being treated for head and leg injuries at PGI.
Ridajan was among six victims who were rushed to PGI after they suffered serious injuries in the accident. “It happened in seconds. Everyone was sleeping and suddenly the bus overturned,” Kausar told Chandigarh Newsline. “We have not informed the family members in Kashmir about this accident.”
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The doctors said that the infant was under observation and was stable.
Another accident victim, 15-year-old Deepak, a resident of Delhi, said that they were returning from Mata Vaishno Devi. “The truck hit our bus and it overturned,” said Deepak. “We came out of bus and then an ambulance brought us here.”
Deepak said that 19 more members of their group were travelling in the same bus. “People who came to rescue us took all our belongings, including our cell phones and money,” said Reenu, one of Deepak’s relatives who was on board the bus and escaped unhurt. “Everybody thought that the youth are helping us, but they stole most of our belongings.”
According to the PGI doctors, they received six patients early on Tuesday morning. Those who were admitted to the hospital were identified as Misra, Amit, Ridajan, Deepak, Saroj Devi and Archana. “Most of them are stable and all are under observation,” said a PGI doctor.
A GMCH official said that 32 people were admitted to the hospital, of whom 29 patients were discharged. “Out of the three, one will undergo an operation. Two others are stable,” said Dr A K Janmeja, Medical Superintendent, GMCH.
The two other victims admitted to GMCH are Amo and Zes from Ladakh. “After the accident, I sent her (Zes) first to the hospital as she suffered more injuries,” Amo told Chandigarh Newsline. “I was accompanying my sister to Delhi to get her admission done.”