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A mother copes with tragedy

Nidhi Saxena (50) has lost all hope. Her only child, Abhishek (23), who was badly injured in the blast at German Bakery on Saturday, passed away on Tuesday, reports Satyajit Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2010 01:39 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Nidhi Saxena (50) has lost all hope. Her only child, Abhishek (23), who was badly injured in the blast at German Bakery on Saturday, passed away on Tuesday.

For Nidhi, who lost her husband 27 years ago, life is meaningless now.

Abhishek was the 10th fatality of the blast.

In shock, Nidhi did not visit Inlaks-Budhrani Hospital, where Abhishek breathed his last, nor was she at Sassoon Hospital where the post-mortem was conducted. She preferred to stay at a relative’s home in Koregaon Park.

Abhishek had gone German Bakery along with a friend for a cup of coffee when the bomb went off. His friend, Sumit Singh, sustained minor injuries.

Despite being injured, Abhishek, a final-year mechanical engineering student at Pimpri’s D.Y. Patil College, did not lose his presence of mind. He SMS-ed his friends, asking for help as he was being admitted to hospital, said his college registrar B.S. Jadhav. Several of his college mates camped at the hospital round-the-clock, Jadhav said.

When he passed away, his friends were too grief-stricken to speak to the media. “Please leave us alone. We don’t want to say anything,” was all they would say. Several of them broke down as his body was taken to the airport.

Professor N.A. Shinde recalled that Abhishek was outgoing, sincere and studious. Shinde said he was a popular student because he participated in several extra-curricular activities. He had recently given an exam and was awaiting his results. Abhishek wanted to join the merchant navy, added his friend, Nikhil Shrivastav.

A resident of Aliganj in Lucknow, Abhishek lost his father when he was only five years old, said his maternal uncle Arvind Kumar, who rushed to Pune from Lucknow.