Rajeev Agarwal was a month away from becoming a lawyer and taking up his first job when he was grievously injured in the Feb 13 Pune terror blast. After battling for life for a week, the 23-year-old student succumbed to his injuries early Sunday.
A former student of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Salt Lake, Rajeev Agarwal had left for Pune four years back for the law course.
"He had gone to have a cup of coffee at the German Bakery with four friends on that fateful day. After a while, two of his friends went out of the bakery. Agarwal and two others were at the cash counter making the payment when the blast occurred," said one of Agarwal's relatives.
"All three friends had 60 per cent burns. Their entire body was damaged," he added.
The law student's parents and two siblings have been in Pune for the last few days arranging for his treatment at the Jehangir Hospital, where he was admitted by the police and rescuers soon after the explosion.
Rajeev's younger brother seemed simultaneously inconsolable and angry.
"Terrorism should be finished. We should take all steps...What will happen to the country if such youths die?" he asked.
A relative, sitting at the Agarwals' residence at 25, Banarsi Ghosh Road in north Kolkata, said: "We heard the news at 6 a.m."
"He was to complete his course next month. He had also got a job through campus interview," he said.
Describing Rajeev Agarwal as a brilliant student and a fine boy, the elderly relative said: "He had no enemies, such was his modest nature".
Rajeev Agarwal is the fourth alumni of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Salt Lake to die in the Pune blast. Ankik Dhar, Anindi Dhar and Shilpa Goyenka had died on the spot.