Victims Of Burns Recall Last Diwali’s Nightmare | Lucknow News


LUCKNOW: Devendra Singh, a battery rickshaw driver from RDSO colony in Kanpur Road, still regrets the moment when he decided to burst crackers on last Diwali. “I held a Sutli bomb that was already ignited but had not exploded. I used to light such bombs every time and throw it away.
But this time, it exploded in my hand, leaving me with 12 fractures in the bones of my right-hand palm along with mutilation of little finger and thumb,” said Devendra, 35, who still breaks in tears while remembering this incident.
“Though doctors at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) saved my hand after multiple surgeries, it got deformed. As a result, I had to give my rickshaw to another person and be dependent on him for the earnings,” he said. Every year on Diwali around 250 people come to various government and private hospitals with burn injuries caused by firecrackers, lamps, candles and electrical strings.
Similar incident happened to Vineet Singh (35) from Raebareli and Riya Tiwari (25) Kushinagar last year. They also came with mutilated hands due to firecracker injuries at KGMU on Diwali night last year.
Vineet’s right hand was also mutilated as his palm got teared and fingers injured. He is now jobless following injury. “Wish to go back in time and not try to burn crackers on this Diwali,” said Vineet.
Talking about the gravity of the situation, head, plastic surgery department, KGMU, Prof Vijay Kumar, said, “Despite all grafting, often we fail to remove all deformity caused by firecrackers injuries.”Most of these accidental injuries occur while bursting Sutli bombs, rockets and anars,” said Prof Vijay.

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