Four people — two of them children — were injured on Friday morning when they came in the path of two fighting bulls on a congested road in Bally, Howrah.
Agniprabha Ghosh and Sriparno Das, both three years old, were going to school in a rickshaw accompanied by their mothers through Bally Bazar around 7.30am when a couple of bulls fighting each other rammed into the vehicle, said witnesses.
The two kids and their mothers were flung to the ground. “The front wheels of the rickshaw went up in the air and the occupants were flung to the ground,” said a shop owner.
The children suffered head injuries. The women, who were also injured in the fall, tried to save the children but one of the bulls grazed Agniprabha’s left eye with its horn and dragged him some distance till a passer-by drove it away.
Sriparno’s head had hit a concrete pathway and was bleeding profusely.
“We picked him up and washed his head. He vomited and lost consciousness,” said Achintya Ghosh, a vegetable seller.
Local residents carried the five people — the two kids, their mothers and the rickshaw puller — to TL Jaiswal Hospital in Howrah.
The rickshaw puller was given first aid and the others were referred to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.
Agniprabha’s father, Samit, said CMCH refused admission because the hospital’s CT scan machine was not working. The kids and the women were treated at SSKM Hospital.
Agniprabha needed eight stitches under his left eye and left ear and Sriparno received four stitches on his head and two on his lips. Their condition is stable.