Shirin Aktar could hardly look at her husband who was groaning in pain at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Her husband Faizul Islam, a traffic constable, received burns in Tuesday night's arson attack on a police bus near Bangla Motor. The attack was carried out at 11:20pm, hours after the opposition's 83-hour blockade had ended.
The injuries were so severe that skin of his face was peeling off.
Shirin Aktar heard about the attack around 1:30am yesterday but she could not immediately come to Dhaka from Gazipur as both her young children were sick.
“My children and I will become destitute if something happens to him,” she said between her sobs.
Partha Shankar Paul, resident physician of the burn unit, said 14 percent of Faizul's body was seriously burnt. The injuries were on his face, hip and legs.
In the arson attack, traffic constable Ferdous Khalil was killed instantly while the driver of the bus Bayzid was also burnt.
Seeing the vehicle on fire, Bayzid jumped out the driver's window and hurt his mouth from the fall, rendering him unable to speak.
His family told The Daily Star that Bayzid was the breadwinner of his family of six. He bought the bus last year, putting in all his life's savings along some loans. It looked like his bus would have to be written off.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased constable Ferdous Khalil took the body to his village in Gaibandha yesterday after a namaj-e-janaza at the Rajarbagh Police Lines.
Khalil's brother-in-law Abdul Jalil said, “I don't know how his wife and children will look at Khalil's horribly charred body when I, a physician, cannot look at it.”
Meanwhile, three people burned in earlier arson attacks died yesterday at DMCH.
The deceased were trucker Nazrul Islam, who got burned when his vehicle was set on fire in Gazipur on Monday, and trucker Shahinur Rahman and his helper Mazidul, who suffered burns when their vehicle was set ablaze in Sirajganj on Saturday.
Mazidul's sister Sumi Begum said her brother had a lifelong dream of becoming a driver one day “but that dream will never come true”.
Shahinur Rahman, who suffered 70 percent burns, died around 11:30pm last night. “I want to see my wife and my parents now as I don't have much time,” he was saying throughout the day.
His family had started fro Dhaka from Naogaon yesterday afternoon.
An Awami League leader of Monirampur in Jessore was admitted to DMCH with burn injuries last night. Mehera Ali, 65, was attacked with a petrol bomb at his home in Monirampur Tuesday night. He has 25 percent of his body burnt.