Panic and chaos prevailed at the Osmania General Hospital, which received the dead and the injured of the bomb blasts that shook Dilsukhnagar on Thur-sday. Police prevented people from going inside the wards and relatives of the injured were panic-stricken unable to find out the status of their dear ones. Bodies kept piling in the hospital mortuary.
Abdul Gaffar, 40, an auto driver from Santoshnagar, went out during afternoon, and his family next heard of him only after receiving a call in the evening about his being injured in the blast. His wife rushed to the hospital along with their three children, two sons and a daughter. They waited anxiously outside the wards even as the injured were being treated inside with wails of the dear family members renting the air.
Injured in dozens could be found in the casualty ward, even after many were shifted to operation theatres.
Yadaiah, another Santoshnagar resident and a collection agent with a real estate company, and stayed at Santoshnagar. He was travelling on his two-wheeler when he was injured in the blast near Konark theatre. Someone informed his brother, who rushed to the hospital.
Some injured were conscious enough to share horrific details about the blasts.
Sudhakar, 38, a resident of Gaddiannaram, was injured in hands and abdomen. He sells snacks every day near Konark Theatre, and heard the sound of a big blast before collapsing with injuries.
Same was the case with Saidha Naik, 19, a B.Tech. (Civil) student from Sri Datta Engineering College. He came every day to Dilsukhnagar for attending a class on Autocad and got injured in the blast.
C. Ravi, a 35-year-old carpenter was travelling along with his brother-in-law Lakshman on a two-wheeler when the blast happened. “I was waiting near the traffic signals when blast occurred. For two months we have been working in Dilsukhnagar and would usually leave only after midnight. On Thursday, we left early due to some work, and got injured in the blast. I cannot locate my brother-in-law,” he said.
Meanwhile a press release from the Ranga Reddy district collectorate informed that the injured have been shifted to Gandhi Hospital, Musheerabad, Omni Hospital, Kothapet and Yashoda Hospital, Malakpet.
People rush to help
There was no dearth of good Samaritans at the hospital, who helped the relatives and the injured. Many volunteered to donate blood, and some distributed water bottles. Some others took it upon themselves to inform the relatives of the injured about the incident.
RTC buses were pressed in to service carry the injured people to the hospital. The scene at the hospital mortuary was heart-rending, as relatives broke down inconsolably after identifying the bodies of their kin.