Kokrajhar Attack: Toddler Went Shopping For Shoes. She Got Bullets, Lost Father

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Suspected militants had open fire in a market in Assam's Kokrajhar.


Kokrajhar: 

Highlights

  1. 2 terrorists opened fire at a market in Kokrajhar killing 14
  2. Parmaina was in the market with her father to buy footwear
  3. Father was killed in firing, a bullet pierced through her foot
Parmaina, curled up by her mother on a hospital bed, is in deep sleep after being sedated by doctors in Assam's Kokrajhar where a dozen people were killed on Friday after two terrorists in army uniform opened fire at a crowded market.

Two and half years old Parmaina is the youngest victim of Friday's terror attack that has so far claimed 14 lives.

Parmaina with her father Donda Basumatary had gone to a weekly market, Balajan Tiniali, around 220 km from Guwahati. While the two were busy selecting footwear for the little one, the two militants started firing indiscriminately in the market killing Mr Basumatary on the spot and injuring Parmaina.

"I lost my husband and a bullet pierced through my little girl's feet," said grieving Bango Basumatary, gently caressing Parmaina. Breaking down, she said," I have lost everything in my life."

At the Kokrajhar district hospital, the sense of despair and loss is unmistakable. Abdul Matin is waiting to identify his 75-year-old father Human Ali's body.

Ali owned an umbrella repair shop at the market and used to travel 65 kms every day from the neighbouring town of Dhubri. During monsoon, earnings were good as people often flocked to his shop to get their broken umbrellas fixed.

On Friday, Ali didn't return home. "I am waiting to identify his body and take his body back home for his last rites," says Matin.

Assam's recently elected Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who visited Kokrajhar this morning, condemned the killings and promised strong action. "Whoever is responsible for this will not be spared.

Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism," he told NDTV.

Militants fighting for a Bodo homeland killed at least 70 people, most of them tea-plantation workers from other parts of India, in a series of attacks in Assam in late 2014.


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