Had she been able to complete her 21-day pan-India tour, Tuesday would have been the day of homecoming for Veenu Paliwal, a well-known woman motorcyclist who died in a road mishap in Madhya Pradesh Monday. Instead, her body arrived at her parents’ Jaipur residence on Tuesday evening.
“Indore, and then Jaipur. She would have arrived here today,” said Hemlata, mother of the acclaimed biking enthusiast.
Paliwal succumbed to her injuries following an accident in Gyaraspur, Madhya Pardesh, after her Harley Davidson Sportster Forty Eight skidded along a sharp turn on the highway. Despite wearing a helmet and other safety gear, she suffered severe internal injuries. Paliwal was on a nationwide tour with her friend and fellow biker Deepesh Tanwar, who initially alleged that she died due to being administered a wrong injection.
The post-mortem was conducted by a team of four doctors at Vidisha district hospital Tuesday morning. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B L Arya told The Indian Express that she died due to her liver getting ruptured in the accident. He claimed that Paliwal’s friend was now satisfied with the explanation.
After being rushed to Gyaraspur primary health centre following the accident, she had been taken to Vidisha district hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.
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The 44-year-old mother of two had a reputation of being a hardcore biker, and her death saw an outpouring of grief on social media. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and actor John Abraham were among those who offered condolences after her demise.
“She was recently conferred the Lady of Harley honour (LoH). The LoH is elected by members of the Harley Owners’ Group (HOG), so you can imagine how popular she was…Everyone remembers her as a very vibrant woman who had the courage to do anything she wanted,” said Surbhi Agarwal, Customer Relationship Manager at Dunes Harley-Davidson, the premium bike makers’ Jaipur store.
While she bought the Forty Eight about a year ago, Paliwal’s passion for biking began as a child, watching her father try out different motorcycles.
“Biking was not that big a rage back then. But I loved bikes. I started out with a Rajdoot, bought a Java later and went on to get a Royal Enfield Bullet…She would go on leisure rides with me…,” said K.C. Paliwal, her father.
In one of her Facebook posts, she wrote: “Biking is a revived passion with me and has taken a prime place in my life. Risky… Adventurous… But full of passion and attitude… am loving it.”
Her last Facebook post on April 10 said: “Day 16- Durgapur to Lucknow…When the going gets tough…the tough get going”.
While biking became her defining interest, she also ran a successful tea lounge, Chah Bar, in the heart of Jaipur. Her son, Shiven, is pursing engineering at the University of California, while her daughter, Shivika, has just finished her schooling.
“What pains me more is that her ride was cut short. The ride of her life…she had so many ambitions and I just know that she would have done so, so much more,” said her father.