For Pradip Jana, 31, and Avinash Tamka, 24, the decision to take a break and go to Khau Gully, Zaveri Bazaar, for an evening snack on Wednesday proved disastrous. Both of them, admitted to Bombay hospital, have suffered severe burn injuries and are in critical condition.
Jana is a goldsmith and has been working in the area for the past 12 to 13 years, while Tamka is a gold dealer. It was Jana’s habit to step out every day for a snack, and the bomb near Khau Gully exploded as he was on his way back.
He complained of severe burning sensation on his entire body when he was taken to St George Hospital. He was then shifted to Bombay hospital,” said his friend Babulu Patar. “Now, his face and body are bandaged so he is not able to speak. The doctors said they have given him injections to help reduce the burning sensation.”
Jana, who hails from West Bengal, lives in Diva with his wife and child. “We have informed his family in Bengal, but it will take them a couple of days to reach,” Patar said.
Tamka, fondly called Nikhil, is also critical. He helps his father in business and was outside the office building of his brother-in-law, Bipin Jain, when the blast took place. Jain came running out for help.
The doctors treating him said his left leg has been amputated and he has multiple deep injuries on his entire body. He has been put on ventilator.
“He got engaged just 15 days ago, and everyone in the family was so happy,” said his uncle, refusing to be identified.
Tamke was first taken to GT Hospital, but the family decided to move him to Bombay hospital after their family doctor visited GT and took a look at him, the uncle said.
“He has severe burn injuries. The doctors say he is improving and there is hope, but they are not allowing any of us - even his parents - to meet him,” said Ashish Kothari, a friend.