Gloom in Kolkata School where 3 Pune victims studied

Kolkata: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the school where Pune blast victims Ankik Dhar, his sister Anandi and friend Shilpa Goenka studied, plunged into gloom today as teachers and friends recalled their brilliance.

The three ex-students, who met for the the last time at Pune's famed German Bakery before being killed in Saturday's blast, were all brilliant students, recalled the teachers.

The mathematics teacher picked up Ankik for his special praise, describing him as 'extra ordinarily brilliant'.

"God knows why these talented children were snatched away from us. No idea what the terrorists got in killing them," a teacher lamented.

A condolence meeting was held today in the school, situated at Salt Lake area, before its assembly. The school will remain closed on Wednesday in memory of the students.

While the brother-sister duo was resident of Lake Town in North 24 Parganas district, their friend Shilpa lived at nearby Salt Lake.

Anandi, studying in first year BA (Economics) at Pune's Ferguson College, came to join her elder brother who arrived from Mumbai to celebrate his new job there with friend Shilpa.

Ankik had come out of IIT, Kharagpur, with flying colours in electronics and electrical communication in 2008 and was highly popular with his teachers and peers for his academic brilliance and amiable nature.