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Pune Terror Trail
Blast cripples their lives forever
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Pune, February 16
Most of the 37 survivors of the German Bakery blast who have been admitted to various city hospitals stand to be scarred badly for the rest of their lives. Many have got one or both legs amputated, while some have been badly burnt in the incident.

The government has banned doctors from any giving interviews, citing national interest. The city police has also issued a stern warning to media personnel against trying to gain access to those injured in the blast.

Doctors at Sassoon Hospital say many of the victims have suffered third-degree burns.

Forensic experts explain that an RDX explosion results in temperature going up to 2,500 degree Celsius, which can melt even metals.

“As the explosives were placed under the table, many people suffered injuries to their legs and lower parts of the body,” says a police officer.

At least four persons who are in a critical condition after the blast have had their legs amputated, the police informs The Tribune.

Unfortunately, some have lost both of their legs, which has worsened their misery.

Among the unlucky victims is 22-year-old Amjad Ahmed, an Iranian national, who represented the Pune University football team. One of his legs was amputated soon after he was brought to the hospital. He might never be able to score a goal in his life.

Similarly, Anees from Ethiopia has been put on ventilator following multi-organ collapse. While his left leg has already been amputated, doctors are waiting for his condition to improve before the other leg is amputated as well, sources say.

“Injuries caused by blasts usually leave the victims’ body badly mangled. Often its sheer force causes limbs to be torn off. More than the shrapnel, it’s the resulting rise in temperature that causes maximum causalities,” says a doctor on conditions of anonymity.



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