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‘A cop told us that my brother was in hospital’

mumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2011 02:06 IST

Through Wednesday night Tanvi Bhuwad kept trying to call her brother Tushar Kolambe’s cell phone but failed to get a response.

Kolambe worked as a peon in a diamond trader’s office on the second floor of the Panchratna Building in Opera House, one of the sites where blasts occurred on Wednesday evening.

“We watched the news of the blast on television and began calling him frantically on his mobile phone. Finally, a policeman answered the phone and informed us that he had been taken to the hospital,” said Bhuwad, 25, Kolambe’s younger sister, recalling the incident.

Kolambe, 29, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night. “I have lost my brother and my family has lost the sole breadwinner,” said Bhuwad.

The Kandivli resident had been working the diamond trading hub for the past ten years.

On Wednesday, Kolambe’s employer had asked him to step out of office to make photocopies of some documents. The short trip to the nearby shop was his last trek.

Around 6.55pm, Kolambe was still at the shop, which is very close to the lane between Panchratna building and Prasad Chambers when the bomb went off. Kolambe’s mobile phone fell from his pocket.

Bystanders rushed his charred body to Hurkisondas Hospital.

Kolambe lived with his wife and mother, while his father and younger brother, who is physically handicapped, lived in Raigad.