Family and friends of Swathi Paruchuri, the young techie who was killed in the train blasts at Chennai on Thursday, are yet to accept the ruthless fate that befell the would-be bride.
The gathering could not help but let tears flow when the vehicle carrying her mortal remains pulled away from her residence in Srinagar on Friday morning.
“We have been making preparations for her marriage and this came as a rude shock. This is against our expectations of spending time with her; we have now received her body,” cried her uncle M Krishna Rao.
Swathi’s grief-stricken mother wailed inconsolably when the funeral cortege stated for the crematorium. Her childhood friends remembered her as the brilliant student who stood first in academics. “No matter what the situation was, she never stood second in examinations,” one of her friends reminisced.
Swathi’s last rites were performed at Mahaprasthanam Crematorium at Gujanagundla. District collector S Suresh Kumar, the district SP and several politicians, including TDP candidate for Guntur Lok Sabha segment Jayadev Galla, were present.
District officials expressed their condolences to the bereaved family and assured their support in helping the family receive the ex-gratia offered by the Railway Ministry.
Another of Swathi’s uncles is left with several unanswered questions. “We do not know what exactly happened. Besides, there is no information from the investigation team till now. Such acts of terror which kill innocent people are highly deplorable. The government should take appropriate measures to keep a tight rein on terror outfits,” he said.