BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 24th November 2023: A 7-year-old boy suffered a serious injury after he fell from a tree while breaking betel nuts for his neighbour on Friday afternoon. The incident took place in Kalkalia area of Bishalgarh, where the boy lives with his father and grandmother. The boy’s mother had died during childbirth during Durga Puja.
According to the witnesses, the boy was asked by Manu Shil, a wealthy and influential person of Kalkalia area, to climb the tree and break some betel nuts for him. The boy agreed to do so, as he was hungry and hoped to get some food in return. However, he slipped and fell from the tree, and landed on the ground with a loud thud. He started screaming in pain, and his grandmother rushed to his rescue. The local residents also gathered around the spot, and helped the grandmother to take the boy to Bishalgarh Sub-Divisional Hospital.
The doctors at the hospital examined the boy, and found that he had broken his leg. They gave him some first aid, and referred him to GB Hospital for further treatment. However, the grandmother had very little money to buy the medicines and to hire an ambulance. She was helped by Sayan Saha, a media person from Bishalgarh, who gave her a small amount of money. With that money, she managed to take the boy to GB Hospital in an ambulance.
The boy’s father, who works as a labourer, was not present at the time of the incident. He came to know about it later, and was devastated by the news. He said that he had no other source of income, and that he was struggling to provide for his family. He said that he had not received any help from the government, or from his neighbour Manu Shil, who had asked the boy to climb the tree.
The residents of Sabar Para, where the boy and his family live, said that they were living in abject poverty and misery. They said that they had to work in other people’s houses for a meager wage, and that their children were also forced to work. They said that they were deprived of the basic amenities and facilities, and that they had no access to education or health care. They said that they were ignored by the government and the authorities, and that they had no voice or representation. They said that they were living in fear and insecurity, and that they had no hope for the future.
They demanded that the government should take notice of their plight, and provide them with some relief and assistance. They also demanded that Manu Shil should be held accountable for his actions, and that he should pay for the boy’s treatment and compensation. They said that the boy was innocent and helpless, and that he did not deserve to suffer such a fate. They said that the incident was a reflection of the cruelty and injustice of the society, and that they prayed to God for mercy and forgiveness.