Updated: February 6, 2014 3:35:22 pm
I have lost my purpose to live,” said Tarsem Kumar, father of 17-year-old Deepanshu Sudhir, who died in a road accident on Thursday evening while returning home on his motorcycle with a friend. The pillion rider of the motorcycle, Ankush, was admitted to PGIMER and is his condition is set to be stable.
Deepanshu, a student at the Polytechnic College in Sector 26, was declared dead on arrival at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.
A state-level boxer and kabaddi player, Deepanshu was popular in college and among his family. Nearly 20 of his classmates came to pay their last respects to him. “We read in the papers that he died in an accident. Deepanshu was among the principal’s favorites. He came with us to meet Deepanshu’s family”, said Anmol, one of Deepanshu’s friends.
“Deepanshu would have turned 18 next month. He was very excited about his birthday. He had been asking me to get his passport made as soon as he turned 18. We wanted to send him abroad for a better future. What will we live for now?” said Tarsem Kumar.
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Sudhanshu, Deepanshu’s cousin, said, “Deepanshu was very social. He organised parties on various occasions. He had organised a party for Friday at a city lounge”. “He came back from Ludhiana on Thursday after a week and left the house within half an hour. He was going to make arrangements to postpone the party he had planned for Friday,” added Tarsem Kumar.
At his Sector 27 residence, Deepanshu’s mother Sangeeta sat in his room surrounded by relatives. “He said he will be back in five minutes. I want him to come running up the stairs again,” she said
Sudhanshu said Deepanshu’s father moved to the city when he was in Class VI. “My uncle wanted to give Deepanshu a better future. They came to Chandigarh to provide him with a better education. He was good at studies and was an all-rounder”. Admitted to PGIMER, Ankush (23) keeps asking about his friend.
Ankush’s uncle told Newsline, “He regained consciousness last night. He was asking about Deepanshu. The last thing he remembers is seeing Deepanshu lying on the road. He has a feeling something is wrong and keeps asking us about him”.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against both Deepanshu and Ankush. “On the basis of a complaint by sister of Santosh, who was hurt in the accident, a case has been registered,” said a police official.
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