Shillong, Dec 04: 45 year old Bisheshwar Das, the tea stall owner at Bishnupur bazaar, succumbed to his burn injuries on Wednesday morning, after battling for life for almost 18 days. He breathed his last at about 5.20 AM at NEMCARE in Guwahati, where he was being treated for injuries.
Das had received 50 percent burn injury when arsonists poured petrol and set him on fire in his Babua tea stall in Bishnupur bazaar on November 16 last.
Das was surviving with the support of a ventilator for the last few days and according to the hospital sources he died because of multi organ failure.
As a mark of respect to the departed soul, all shops in Bishnupur market remained close till the evening on Wednesday.
According to the family members of Das, the body will be taken to Bihar where the last rites will be performed.
Das became the second victim to have died because of the attack during the Inner Line Permit (ILP) movement. The Meghalaya Machineries owner Vikash Nandwal (34) was the first victim to have died after arsonists also poured petrol and set him on fire.
The East Khasi hills police have arrested four KSU members - Readyonstone Nongrum, general secretary of KSU – Lawsohtun unit, Shemphang Nongkynrih Peter Lyngkhoi and Johny Sohkhlet (26) whom the police alleged where involved in the burning case of Das.
East Khasi hills SP, M Kharkrang, informed that the case of ‘attempt to murder’ which was registered against the four KSU members will now be converted to ‘murder’.
Also, Meghalaya government had borne the expenditure of medical treatment of Das. Meghalaya health minister AL Hek had taken the decision of shifting Das from the Woodland hospital in Shillong to the Guwahati based hospital after a meeting with the doctors treating Das in Woodland hospital.
Meanwhile, condolence message kept pouring – in all day long on the demise of Das. Meghalaya Governor, Dr KK Paul, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, Deputy Speaker and Shillong South MLA - Sanbor Shullai, Bihari Welfare Association of Meghalaya (BWAM), were some of the prominent figures who condoled the death of Das.
BWAM also held a prayer meeting in its office premises for Das. The association along with local Dorbar Shnong and the local MLA will also be holding a candle light vigil ceremony on Thursday at Bishnupur, Sankardev College Campus from 6 PM onwards.