| The four-year-old injured girl being comforted by her grandfather at GMCH on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, May 2: A 27-year old lost his wife and seven-year-old daughter last night and had a bullet lodged in his right groin. But the resident of Balapara in Kokrajhar district had the physical strength and mental composure to recount the ordeal.
“A group of four-five masked armed men barged into our house around 11.30 last night. Their attack was brutal. They physically assaulted and then shot my wife and daughter. I took cover under my bed and they fired a bullet that hit the wall and entered my groin,” he told this correspondent at the emergency OPD of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital here this afternoon.
The man was one of the 12 people who were injured in yesterday’s violence in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). Twenty persons were killed in the attack carried out by suspected NDFB (Songbijit) militants.
“From what I could briefly hear, they were speaking in Bodo. I cannot recall how they came,” he said.
The injured man had come home from Calcutta where he works as a carpenter. His brother, who works with him in Calcutta, had three bullets lodged in his hands and was admitted to GMCH along with him this afternoon.
“I escaped with hand injuries but lost my parents to their bullets. My father died on the spot while my mother, succumbed to her injuries while she was being taken to hospital. I think the attackers were armed with AK-47 rifles,” he added.
The two brothers had come home to exercise their franchise in the elections.
The two other injured, including a four-year-old, were admitted to GMCH in the wee hours today and are currently being treated at the hospital.
The little girl was with her maternal grandmother, who died on the spot, and three other neighbours, including a couple who were killed as well. They were sitting in front of their house at Narasingbari in Baksa district when four bicycle-borne armed men fired at them indiscriminately.
“The girl was on her grandmother’s lap when the armed men fired at them and sped off, killing three of them. A bullet went through her left shoulder area while another severed her left thumb. She also had a swollen right eye, which we believe was a bullet that scraped past that area,” her uncle said.
Another injured admitted at GMCH, who was shot in the stomach, said, “I still cannot fathom as to why the short masked man attacked us as I had gone out to answer nature’s call around 10.30 last night. He pushed my wife away and pointed the gun at my belly and pulled the trigger. I am a farmer and had no enmity with anyone.”
A resident of Nizdevili Kuntibari in Baksa district, the man was operated upon this afternoon.
GMCH superintendent Ramen Talukdar said the condition of the four-year-old and this farmer was stable. “Their condition is stable. The man was operated upon this afternoon and at this juncture there is no question of operating on the child,” he said.