A Sudanese volleyball player and a Navi Mumbai resident who were injured in the Pune blast have succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 13.
Amjed-Al-Gozoly, 26, was a student of Wadia College in the city. Atul Anap, 30, was a Reliance Communication employee. Atul and wife Rita had come to Pune to meet relatives. His wife was also
Had Amjed kept his appointment with his friend at 6 pm last Saturday, he might have lived. “We had decided to meet at 6 pm for studies as an examination was scheduled on Monday. I was waiting for him when I suddenly got phone calls, first about the blast and later about Amjed,” classmate Bona Malul Atak said.
Amjed was an ace volleyball player and had participated in several volleyball and football competitions. He went to German Bakery with Anas AlFaith, another student from Sudan and a football player, and both were injured. Pune has a large number of students from Sudan. Officials from the Sudan consulate came down to Pune three days ago to review the situation.
The group Youth For Peace has planned a peace march on Sunday in five Indian cities, including Mumbai and Kolkata. It is being organised by friends of blast victims Anindyee Dhar, Ankik Dhar and Shilpa Goenka.
“We wanted to do something that would be concrete and a nationwide protest, after losing our friends,” said Abhimanyu Singh, a Pune student.
Pune police have asked residents, especially women, not to cover their faces while driving two-wheelers. The directive, issued on Saturday, will remain in force for next 15 days, traffic chief Manoj Patil said.