For the past several years, Vallabhbhai Gadhiya, 48, and Haresh Lakhani, 35, would spend five days in Mumbai and then go home to Vadodara or Surat to spend the weekend with their respective families.
However, Wednesday's terror attack at Opera House forced the two diamond traders to break their tradition. They both are being treated for injuries at Saifee hospital.
On Wednesday, Deepak Gadhiya, a diamond broker, received a call informing him that his uncle was injured. “I rushed to the spot and found my uncle’s legs covered in blood. The flesh had peeled off and his bones were exposed,” he said.
“Some people helped me wrap him a blue plastic sheet. A car passing by stopped and the owner offered to take us to the hospital. My uncle was amongst the first three patients in the hospital,” said Deepak.
According to Deepak, Vallabhbhai was standing opposite Flox Chambers in Opera House at the time of the blast. The WagonR parked there shielded him.
“He had been travelling between Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara for the past five years. He is the sole breadwinner of his family,” he said.
Vallabhbhai’s daughter Vanita and wife rushed to Mumbai after hearing about the incident. “The doctors told us that it will take a long time for him to start walking. We are happy that he is alive,” said Vanita.
Similarly, Lakhani, 35, had been shuttling between Surat and Mumbai for the past few years. He was taken to the hospital with injuries on his shoulder. “Haresh was shuttling between cities for the past 10 years,” said Shyamji, Lakhani’s brother.