Ghaziabad student death: Infant sibling searches for ‘best pal’, family mourns loss

Arman’s last rites were performed by his parents at Haridwar but Ahaan does not know what happened to his elder brother, who used to be his best buddy.
Arman’s last rites were performed by his parents at Haridwar but Ahaan (left) does not know what happened to his elder brother, who used to be his best buddy.
Arman’s last rites were performed by his parents at Haridwar but Ahaan (left) does not know what happened to his elder brother, who used to be his best buddy.
Updated on Aug 04, 2017 10:19 AM IST
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Unaware of the tragic death of his elder sibling at GD Goenka School, two-and-a-half-year-old Ahaan has questions in his eyes. Searching for his brother Arman, who was his ‘best pal’, he has questions for his parents and visitors. Though Ahaan hasn’t started speaking yet, he asks in his own language about his ‘Da..Da.”

Arman’s last rites were performed by his parents at Haridwar but Ahaan does not know what happened to his elder brother, who used to be his best buddy.

“He is restless and picks up bat and ball and searches relentlessly for Arman. They both played together. He has questions for everyone who visited our house after Arman’s death. We are pained to see Ahaan alone...tears can’t stop rolling from our eyes. We have no answers to his queries,” said Swati Sehgal, Arman’s mother.

“Ahaan is searching for Arman everywhere... be it in the balcony, rooms or even at places where they used to play together. He has gone repeatedly to every place he can. They were perfect pals and Arman used to take care of Ahaan. It brings shivers to me, how will I explain and console Ahaan about what happened to his big brother? I really doubt if I will be able to explain him as he is too young and continues to search for his brother,” she added.

On August 1, the Sehgal family received a call about the tragic incident. Arman was declared “brought dead” at Shanti Gopal Hospital where he was taken after his fall. Later his parents lodged an FIR against the school.

“The two kids are our world. With Arman gone, the entire family is shattered. He was a smart and brilliant kid and loved speed. He wanted to become a fighter pilot or a car racer. We encouraged him to pursue his ambition. Our happy family now stands shattered. I still can’t believe my son is no more,” said Swati.

She said Arman was religiously inclined and performed Puja everyday. On July 29, on his insistence, his parents took him to a temple where he offered prayers.

Arman’s father, Gulshan Sehgal, said destiny took his son away. The family of four had returned from an outing late night on July 31 and went to bed a bit late.

“His bus reached the stop at 7.15am but Arman got a bit late and missed it. A night before we all had gone out and slept late. But on his mother’s insistence, he got ready and I dropped him to school in my car. His mother insisted he must go to school as he had prepared well for the unit test. Nearly half an hour later, we got the call...” Sehgal said.

According to the postmortem report, Arman suffered internal head injuries and succumbed soon before his treatment could begin at the hospital.

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    Peeyush Khandelwal writes on a range of issues in western Uttar Pradesh – from crime, to development authorities and from infrastructure to transport. Based in Ghaziabad, he has been a journalist for almost a decade.

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