Yet another arson victim died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
Mohammad Shahjahan, 30, is the 19th arson victim to die in the burn unit since early November, said Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the unit.
Shahjahan suffered 31 percent burns on December 21 when the CNG he was travelling by was set afire on Mymensingh-Kendua road in Mymensingh.
Last Thursday, he was howling in pain; his wails could be heard beyond the walls of ICU. "He cried all night long," his aunt Ambia had told The Daily Star.
He went beyond all his agonies yesterday afternoon.
As the doctors declared him dead around 2:00pm, his mother Bulbul Begum cried her heart out and kept saying, "I have now lost both my sons." Shahjahan's younger brother died of an illness four years back.
The victim could not see his wife and children for a last time before his death. "He was desperate to see them, but we have not brought them because his wife Rokhsana is quite sick herself," said the mother.
The aunt told this correspondent on Thursday that Rokhsana was not allowed to see Shahjahan also because she would not be able to bear the sight. "His bottom lip was hanging down to his chin. His eyes were swollen shut. How could she have borne it?"