Dilip Soni, who owns a jewellery shop at Mumbai Central, is blaming himself for his son, Pankaj’s death. Soni had asked Pankaj to run an errand at Zaveri Bazaar on Wednesday evening. Pankaj, 21, a second year commerce student, was the eldest of Soni’s two sons. The family is from Rajasthan and lives at Charni Road.
Soni was at his shop when the locals started telling him about the bomb blast at Zaveri Bazaar. He told the other shopkeepers that his son had gone to the area and was advised to go and check at the spot.
“Pankaj would usually come to his father’s shop in the evening to assist him in the work. Soni was shocked and panicked when he heard about the blast. He rushed to the spot but was stopped by the policemen as the entire area had been barricaded. Dilip told the policemen that his son was there and they instructed him to GT Hospital where many injured had been rushed,” said Mohanlal Soni, Pankaj’s paternal uncle.
When Dilip could not find his son amongst the injured his worst fears came true when he found Pankaj’s name in the list of the dead.