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Dr Parida survives to tell about Mumbai horror
Correspondent, SHILLONG, NOV 30:
Published on 1 Dec. 2008 1:30 AM IST
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"It was half an hour difference, I could have fallen into the bullets of the terrorists, but it was God's wish that I am still alive," Dr. DK Parida, one of the survivors in the Mumbai terror attacks said. Dr Parida, who heads the oncology department at the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) here miraculously survived 48 agonizing hours hiding in his room away from the rampaging terrorists at the 25th floor of Trident hotel from 2100 hours after he check into it on November 26. The Oncologist had gone to Mumbai to attend the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India. "As soon as I entered my room no 2531 at around 2121 hours I heard loud explosions and gunshots from the ground floor, not knowing what to do I locked myself in and even got chairs and tables to block the door," Dr Parida who had lost two of his colleagues in the attack said chocking in emotion. The doctor who suffers from hypertension survived on water from the washbasin of the toilet for the next 48 hours and went without food and his daily dose of medicines. "My only connection to the outside world was through my mobile phone and I managed to get through my brother-in-law, a colonel in the Indian army and sought help," Dr Parida, who returned to Shillong after a traumatic experience, said. Narrating his 48-hours of captivity, Dr Parida said NSG commandoes contacted him on his mobile and asked him to stay in his room till further instructions. "They also asked me not to venture near the hotel window and keep away from the bed and not switch on the lights. I was told to lie on the floor or lock myself inside the bathroom," the doctor said.

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