Bangkok blast: Ludhiana family escape by a hair-breadth

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 17:57 IST
Hitesh Arora who along with his wife and son dodged the blast in the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. (Courtesy: Facebook)

The news of the bomb blast at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok left the Arora family of Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana sweating and apprehensive as the youngest son of the family, Hitesh was in Bangkok with his wife and son.

The news on the television sent the family into a frenzy who hysterically tried to call and ensure the family was safe.

Hotelier and chef, Hitesh Arora,27, had gone to Bangkok with his 27-year-old wife Rubina Arora and son, Krishang Arora, 2, for a weeklong cooking course and to celebrate his marriage anniversary.

The bomb blast at Hindu shrine on Monday evening happened merely minutes after Hitesh had left a mall opposite the shrine. They were only at a distance of two kms from Erawan when the bomb exploded.

Hitesh’s sister in law, Ritu Arora informed Hindustan Times, “A neighbor came home last evening and informed us about the explosion in Bangkok. We were terrified and the first thing I did was check my whatsApp. Hitesh was online so I called him immediately and he informed me that they were lucky enough to have left the spot before the blast.”

She added, “We talked with him today also and he said that the situation is under control and everything is fine. He will be back with Rubina and Krishang tomorrow.”

Mohit, Hitesh’s elder brother said, “We are very fortunate that Hitesh and his family are coming back scratchless. We all are glad that everyone is safe.”

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