Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: What could be more cruel twist of fate than this? A young woman became the only casualty of two bombs on Bangalore-Guwahati Express as it entered the Chennai Central railway station on Thursday, just about two months ahead of her marriage.
Swathi Paruchuri, 24, was an employee of an IT company in Bangalore, and was going to Andhra Pradesh to meet her parents in Guntur with a friend when the blasts claimed her life.
The engineering graduate from a college in Hyderabad had joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Bangalore only four months ago.
When a news channel spoke to the grandmother of Swathi, she revealed that the young girl had booked her ticket to Vijaywada at the last minute under `Tatkal` scheme. It was Swathi`s first visit to home after landing a job at TCS Bangalore in January this year. Describing Swathi as “a very bright girl, very good at studies and meticulous”, her grandmother said that she finished her studies with the help of scholarships.
Swathi changed her seat with another passenger to be with her friend and colleague at TCS, who had boarded the same ill-fated Bangalore-Guwahati Express with her on Wednesday night. Reports said that Swathi had initially tried to book a direct train from Bangalore to Guntur, but later changed her plan and boarded Bangalore-Guwahati Express instead.
In a harrowing tale, Rajitha tells that after having a chatting session through the night, the duo slept; Swathi on the upper berth and Rajitha on the lower one.
In the wee hours of Thursday, "suddenly there was a loud blast and people began running helter-skelter. Before I knew what was going on I was dragged away from the train," a newspaper quoted Rajitha as saying.
Rajitha added that she remembers calling out to Swathi but her friend did not move. "Everyone were screaming and running. I could not understand what was going on nor could I see what happened to Swathi," she said. She later came to know that Swathi had died in the blast.
Rajitha is now in a state of shock.
Who knew that the girl, who had an amazing career beginning, will meet such a tragic end.
The low intensity explosions in quick succession occurred in two adjacent coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati Express train at around 7:15 am, triggering mayhem on May Day at the busy station.
Fourteen people were injured in the explosions.