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‘With Bhatkal’s arrest we won’t get our kids back’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 30, 2013
First Published: 12:51 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 14:29 IST(30/8/2013)

For the Dhar family, which saw a personal tragedy unfold after the German Bakery blast in Pune three years ago, the shock is not yet over. The Dhars, who had lost two of their children Ankik (24) and Anindyee (19) in the blast, are in no mood to talk about the tragedy even after the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, who was a key accused in the bakery blast.

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“We really do not care whether the mastermind of the blast is caught or not. Our children will not come back. Nothing can make up for our loss and grief,” said a close kin of the Dhar family on Thursday.

Ankik was an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus and was working in Mumbai, while Anindyee was a first-year student of Pune’s Fergusson College.

The blast at the bakery took place under the table where Ankik was with his sister and their friends. “We do not think that the mother of Ankik and Anindyee will survive. She has stopped eating and is always quiet and lost in thought. Nothing can overpower her grief and we have nothing to do but feel helpless,” he said.

“The arrest of the mastermind will not bring back her children. For us, it is just another incident and we do not even want to get into the details. We just do not want to talk about all this,” he added.

“I believe in being a beautiful and strong woman who will make heads turn and eyes look up. I am my own princess and I need a prince who needs me,” Anindyee wrote on her Facebook profile hours before she was dead in the blast.

The blast killed 17 people and injured at least 60 more, including an Italian woman, two Sudanese students and an Iranian student. Shilpa Goenka (22) and Rajeev Agarwala (23), of north Kolkata were also with Anindyee and Ankik and were dead.

All of them were at the cafe to celebrate Ankik’s promotion at JP Morgan.

Rajeev was there with his classmates from Symbiosis Law School.

The bomb went off as a waiter tried to open an unclaimed bag lying under their table.

The other victims were P Sundari (22) and Vinita Gadani also (22).

Sundari was from Bangalore and Gadani from Mumbai. The duo was working in the same office in Pune and had chosen to come to German Bakery on that fateful day.

All the victims of the blast were below 35 years of age.


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