When he rummaged through bodies at the community health centre in Petlawad, about 11 km from this village, Rajankumar Tak was hoping not to find his 17-year-old son Prince there.
After some time he recognised his son through some tattered socks and shirt because “the head was missing”.
Prince’s closest friend Prashant, 17, was also among the dead. The two boys would always be seen together in the village — on way to their coaching classes and school in Petlawad and back. On Saturday, too, the two boarded the 8 am bus together.
While Prince was hoping to get into engineering, Prashant wanted to be an accountant.
“I was all set to send him to Kota (Rajasthan). Though I would have found my resources stretched, I told him not to bother about the cost of studying,” says Prince’s father Rajankumar.
“Now only their memories remain,’’ said Prashant’s 42-year-old father Rajan.
Besides having a common first name, the two fathers shared the same business. They break down when they see a photograph the two friends .