Eighteen-year-old Geeta Ahuja will never forget Wednesday’s blast at Zaveri Bazaar. For, she lost her father, the sole breadwinner of her family, Lalchand Radhakishan Ahuja, 61, a resident of Sunaar Gali in Ulhasnagar, to it.
Kishanchand Mirchandani, employer of Lalchand Ahuja, said: “For the last 12 years, Lalchand Ahuja worked with our imitation jewellery firm in Ulhasnagar. He would handle the purchase and delivery section.”
On Wednesday, Ahuja went to deliver an order at Zaveri Bazaar. “After finishing the work, he called me to ask if I wanted something from town,” said Mirchandani.
As the news of bomb blasts broke, despite several frantic calls by Mirchandani and Ahuja’s family, his cellphone remained unreachable. “Around 6.25pm, we got a call from someone who told us that Ahuja was seriously injured and had been taken to St George Hospital,” said Mirchandani. On reaching the hospital, Ahuja was found to be dead. Ahuja is survived by Jyoti, 24, who suffers from a neural disease, Geeta and son Kumar 20. “The future of his family seems bleak. No one can compensate for the loss.”