Fate flip-flop: Mourning follows celebration
IT WAS a cruel irony of fate. Just three days after Neha Bijlani celebrated her 15th marriage anniversary on March 4, her husband Harish was killed in the bomb blast at Sankat Mochan Temple.india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 00:22 IST
IT WAS a cruel irony of fate. Just three days after Neha Bijlani celebrated her 15th marriage anniversary on March 4, her husband Harish was killed in the bomb blast at Sankat Mochan Temple.
Thirty-nine year-old Harish Bijlani ‘Pawan’ is survived by 35-year-old Neha and their two sons Mohit (13) and Shikhar (8).
While most families in the posh Srinagar colony were busy preparing for Holi, the sadness at Harish’s paternal residence ‘Bijlani Bandhu’ at D 54/155- 8A, was palpable.
Harish, the eldest of the four sons of Devidas Bijlani, was a professional videographer on the Sankat Mochan temple premises for the last five years.
On March 7 evening, he was engaged in videography of a marriage ceremony,
when the blast killed him on the spot.
His younger brother Chandan said Harish’s death had posed financial problems for his widow and his two sons Mohit and Shikhar, who are students of classes 8 and 5, respectively.
The younger brother said that a fortnight ago, Harish had sought some time from the principal of the BTS School to pay his sons’ three months tuition fees worth Rs 2,100.
Harish had left his paternal home six months ago and moved into a rented house in Kamachcha area.
A magistrate handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to Neha on behalf of the UP Government.
Chandan said the money was not enough for their livelihood and the State Government must give Neha, a matriculate, a permanent job.
Meanwhile, former prime minister VP Singh and former UP Finance Minister
Harish Chandra Srivastava visited the Bijlani’s residence separately and consoled the bereaved family members.