After battling for life for close to three days, Payal Balsara, the 21-year-old Chetana college student who was stabbed eight times by her classmate, succumbed to injuries at 5:37am on Tuesday.
Payal, a third-year Bachelors of Management Studies student at the Bandra college, had undergone three major surgeries and had been on life support system at Guru Nanak hospital’s intensive care unit, Bandra (east).
She had been stabbed in the college with a kitchen knife by her classmate Nikhil Bankar on Saturday, after she allegedly ended her friendship with him several weeks ago.
On Tuesday afternoon, relatives and friends lined up outside her Prabhat colony residence to pay last respects. The victim’s uncle, Praveen Balsara, described her as the darling of everyone in her Santacruz (east) colony, where she had stayed since her childhood. “She wanted to do an MBA and the join her father’s business,” said Balsara. Another relative said she was keen on going abroad for further studies.
“She grew up in front of us and now she is gone. We are finding it difficult to believe that such a tragic incident has occurred,” said a neighbour.
Doctors said Payal developed gangrene in her bowels. “A day after the incident, she was recovering, but then she got septicaemia and gangrene. The assailant used a kitchen knife, which may have been rusted and hence the infection,” said Dr Narendra Sharma, who manages the hospital’s ICU.
Payal had also sustained a cut on her leg. “She had blood clot in her leg for which we operated her. During surgery, we found that her abdomen had bloated and had to remove the gangrenous bowels to reduce the spread of infection,” said Dr Sharma, adding that the infection caused renal shutdown.
At Sion hospital, where an autopsy was conducted, a doctor from the forensic department said: “She died of haemorrhagic shock syndrome.”
Payal, a student of Chetana College, Bandra (East), was stabbed eight times by Nitin Bankar in the college premises on Saturday, over a suspected soured relationship. Bankar killed himself after the incident.
A neighbour of the victim said: “We are still finding it difficult to believe that such a tragic thing happened to her.” Another neighbour described Payal as outgoing. “Everyone in the locality recognised her and she had several friends,” the neighbour said.
Bankar’s friends, on the other hand, said he had become increasingly withdrawn over the last three years. “He used to meet us in the evening and enjoyed cricket. However, this changed. He kept to himself and did not communicate with colony friends,” said Akshay Satare, 19.
Investigations have revealed that the boy did not spend much time at home. “His parents were also not aware that he was angry about their relationship souring,” said Avaduth S Chawan, senior inspector, Kherwadi police.