Wadala resident Nazir Ansari's decision to witness the preparations on the eve of Eid-e-Milad with his two sons and niece turned into a tragedy, as their bike got knocked down by a truck near Sewri cross road on Thursday night.
While Ansari and his son Shafi, 7, suffered minor injuries, his other son Tanvir, 5, and niece Humera, 10, succumbed to their injuries.
"The children were excited to see the decoration and lights put up for the festival at mosques and dargahs. Ansari thought the streets would be crowded on the day of Eid on Friday and hence went out with the children on Thursday. He didn't know what luck had in store for him," said a family friend.
After the accident, Sewri locals first tried to send the children to the KEM hospital in a taxi. But, they were later taken on a bike, owing to heavy traffic.
Shocked with the news of the children's death, another family friend said, "We have seen the children grow up in this locality. All of us have fond memories of the children."
Several residents of Azad Nagar area in Wadala visited the family to offer their condolences on Friday. Many also refrained from celebrating Eid.
Sewri locals said that though the truck driver attempted to flee, he was caught.
"We rushed to the spot on learning of the accident. The truck driver had fled after hitting the bike. But, some bikers followed him and managed to catch him. The police were then called to the spot where they arrested the accused," said Imran Khan, a social activist.