This non-resident Indian (NRI) family from the United Kingdom (UK) had visited the country after two years on a holiday; It turned out to be the last trip they would ever undertake.
Hailing from Jamnagar in Gujarat, Roopesh Nawarkhele (35), working with British Council Child Care, and wife Kavita Nawarkhele were visiting relatives across the country.
They were in the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation luxury bus en route to Delhi from Dharamsala to meet another relative, after having met Roopesh’s brother Rajesh, a colonel, in the hill town.
Their nine-year-old daughter, Ananya Nawarkhele, was injured and has undergone an operation for rib injuries. She was sitting in the lap of the couple.
Talking to HT, Rupesh’s relative Geeta said they had landed here from the UK on July 29 and reached Dharamsala on August 19.
Geeta said Roopesh and his family were coming to meet her family in Delhi.
She added: “We were rendered speechless when we got a call at about 6 am from the police, informing us about the accident. We immediately started for Chandigarh.”
She was inconsolable and lamented that that they had made grand luxurious plans to go out to places, once the NRI family reached Delhi.
Roopesh’s parents stay at Jamnagar in Gujarat and had not been informed till Saturday late evening.
Meanwhile, there were others who were also out on a holiday and got injured in the accident. Cheen hailing from Taiwan in China had come down to enjoy some good time at Dharamsala. She was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries.
18-year-old JNU student among injured
Among the injured is an 18-year-old girl student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and her mother. Deepali from Dharamsala had recently completed her MPhil and aimed to enroll for a PhD. Deepali sustained serious head injuries, is unconscious and is currently on ventilator. Her mother Meera is also admitted to the hospital.