This love story was not meant to be. When 27-year-old Kashyap Rawat drove down to Delhi from Haridwar to meet his girlfriend Kamini, he was not expecting his world to change forever.
As the couple caught up with each other on the green lawns of Central Park, a blast ripped through the calm and balmy evening.
Kamini, 25, was dead before she reached Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital. Rawat is fighting for life in the ICU.
“Kamini had come to Delhi from Baroda to give an exam. Kashyap came from Haridwar, where he works as a senior engineer with Hero Honda,” said Satender Singh, his father, a senior scientist with the central government.
The couple was planning to wed soon.
“We were on the verge of deciding a date. Now my future daughter-in-law is dead and my son is fighting for his life,” said Singh, who accompanied Kamini’s family through the ordeal of claiming the body following the post mortem.
While Rawat had moved to Haridwar six months ago, Kamini was working with Tata Consultancy Services in Baroda.
“The poor child had lost her mother only a few months ago. The family had just put that tragedy behind when this happened,” said Rajesh Gandhi, Kamini’s neighbour from Baroda.
Rawat has suffered injury in his neck.
“Doctors have suggested that it is best to shift him. There is a risk of paralysis if he is not given the best medical attention,” said a colleague of Rawat, not wanting to be named.
“We are thinking of shifting him to Apollo and the company will bear all expenses,” he said.