Mumbai: In the Masjid Bunder fire on Monday, six children were rushed to the hospital who suffered severe burn injuries. All the children are from one family only. Among the six, the 13-year-old Ramzaan Khan suffered 80 per cent burns while his brother Salman Khan a 12-year-old suffered 20 per cent burn injuries. Ramzaan is kept in an isolated ward at Jamshedji Jeejiboy Hospital, while Salman is in the general ward for further treatment.
Rehman Khan younger brother of Ramzan and Vinayak were discharged on Monday night.
Few children of this area said they were flying kites when the fire broke out. Raziya Khan, mother of the injured children said, “I was in shock when I saw both my sons suffer such severe burn injuries. What wrong have they done?” Raziya, currently in a state of shock refused to say anything more. Asking for prayers, she a distance looked away, hoping for some positive word from the medical doctors.
Guddu Khan, the paternal uncle of the children said, “When fire broke out I was at home and suddenly Rehman came running and said ‘Bhai Jal Raha Hai’ (My brother is burning) after which we all ran to the railway track and we found Ramzan lying on track whose body was completely burnt. By god’s grace, his face was spared.”
Speaking to the Free Press Journal Dr TP Lahane, he dean of JJ Hospital confirmed that Ramzan is still critical. “The 13-year-old Ramzan has sustained deep third degree burns and is currently on life support. He is in a critical situation.” He added, “The others have sustained anywhere between 11-20 per cent burn injuries but are stable.”
Residents of around 20 shanties have been shifted to a temporary tent to help them avail of basic facilities like food and water. All of them have lost their belongings and homes are being provided free food by Non Government Organizations (NGOs) from the same area. “Few people came and made us sign some bond for the losses we incurred,” said Iqbal Pathan, a resident who lost his house in fire. Pathan added, “Nobody has given us any assurance of replacement of our shanty nor have they promised us any new house. We have to wait until our houses are remade or we are shifted.”