8 Gujarati Kumbh pilgrims killed in Mumbai blast
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8 Gujarati Kumbh pilgrims killed in Mumbai blast

Eight people from Gujarat, who planned to visit the Kumbh Mela at Nashik, were among those killed in Mumbai's car bomb attacks.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2003 13:09 IST

Eight people from Gujarat who planned to visit the Kumbh Mela at Nashik were among those killed in Monday's car bomb attacks in Mumbai.

In all 30 pilgrims from the north Gujarat district of Surendranagar were in Mumbai on a sightseeing trip before proceeding to Nashik. The blast at the Gateway of India left eight from the group dead and seven injured.

Five elderly people of the Bharwad community of Jorawarnagar area of Surendranagar were killed on the spot, while three died in JJ Hospital.

Among them were Surendranagar People's Cooperative Bank chairman and prominent leader of the community Ranchhodbhai Punjabhai Dhrangiya and his brothers Revabhai and Nagjibhai. With them were Jagmalbhai, Raiyabhai, Amrabhai, Pujabhai and Kukabhai, who also lost their lives in the tragedy.

Many in the group's 20 men and 10 women were related to the Congress legislator from Limbdi, Bhawanbhai Bharwad, who spent a hectic Monday making arrangements for transporting the bodies and informing relatives in his hometown.

They spent the night at the house of another relative Ramji Bharwad. His son, who had taken them on the sightseeing trip, had a lucky escape.

He was posing for a photograph near the monument along with a few others when the taxi bomb went off.

The pilgrims had hired a private bus from Surendranagar and were on the way to the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi. They made a stopover in Mumbai, and spent the night at a relative Ramji Bharwad's house.

"Most of them were my relatives. They stayed the night at my place and on Monday morning my son took them for sightseeing. Just as they were getting down from the bus near the Gateway of India, the blast took place," Ramji Bharwad said.

The injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

First Published: Aug 27, 2003 00:00 IST