When four-year-old Omkar asks about his father, who was killed in the Oberoi Trident hotel in the 26/11 terror attacks last year, his mother tells him his father Sanjay Surve is in Singapore.
Omkar is one of the children of two of the men who died in the Trident, who were brought together for an event at the National Centre for the Performing Arts at Nariman Point. The event was organised by Public Concern for Governance Trust, an NGO.
Also present was his sister Aishwarya, a class 8 student from Kandivli.
Their father, who had been a front desk employee at the Trident for 20 years, died of bullet injuries.
A stoic Aishwarya said: “We were supposed to visit Gwalior for a family function a few days after the date of the attack, but the attack took my father away. Omkar is still too young to know the implications of our father dying — we have not told him about it yet. Whenever he asks about our father, we tell him he has gone to Singapore on work.”
She also said she is not coping well with her studies, explaining that she goes to tuition classes, but misses her father who used to tutor her.
Sanjay’s brother Sameer said: “As I watched television on the day of the attacks, I immediately recognised the spot where Sanjay normally stood – it was empty and I suspected the worst. Later, we went to GT Hospital, where we found his body.”
The other victim, Shaunak Chemburkar (50), was a captain at the Oberoi.
His daughter Ketki, a class 7 student, was too traumatised to speak.
She had come to the event with Sameer, who had seen her father bleeding in the television footage before he died.