The tragic road accident that left seven persons dead in Ambala on Tuesday included a lecturer who got married three months ago, a student who recently got engaged and another young man whose visually impaired father was dependent on him.
It was a heart-rending scene outside the mortuary of the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, where families, friends and relatives of the deceased were waiting for the bodies of their kin to be delivered to them.
Ankit Gupta, 20, a student of BTech third year, is survived by his father Rajiv Gupta, an employee of the Indian Railways, mother and two sisters, one of whom is married. “We studied together in school, and were together in college as well,” said Yogesh, Ankit’s best friend, and batchmate who was also injured in the accident.
“His father is visually impaired and had high hopes from him. Ankit was an extremely helpful person. He wanted to join Army after completing his degree. We studied together in school and now we were pursuing our degree in college,” said a teary-eyed Yogesh, who suffered multiple fractures and a head injury.
Sitting behind Ankit was his teacher Vipin, a 28-year-old woman who got married three months ago. She was a resident of Ambala cantonment. “She got married in December last year and used to talk about how happy she was after marriage. She also went to Singapore with her husband in January,” recalled Aman, another staff member of the Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering and Technology who also suffered injuries and was admitted to the hospital. A lecturer in Applied Science, Vipin had been working at the college for the past six years.
Manish Sharma, another student of BTech third year who was sitting alongside Vipin, was also declared brought dead to the hospital. Son of a businessman, Manish is survived by his parents and a younger brother. “He recently got engaged and was soon to get married,” recalled one of Manish’s friends.
“All three people sitting on the seats in front of me died,” said Yogesh, still in shock over the death of his best friend Ankit, as his maternal grandparents sat alongside caressing his forehead.