Chennai, May 1 UNI | 3 months ago

Twentyfour-year-old Swati, the lone casualty in the twin blasts that rocked the Bangalore-Guwuhati Superfast Express, was on her maiden visit to her home after joining the TCS in Bangalore in January when fate dealt a cruel blow to her.


She was on her way to Vijayawada, from where she was to be accompanied by her father to Guntur, to meet her parents and spend some time with them for a week, when the tragedy befell on her.

Little did she would have realised that the bombs are planted beneath her seat in the ill-fated S-4 coach, which she booked through Tatkal in Bangalore, and that her budding career in the software major TCS would get snuffed out in the form of a bomb blast, which occurred ten minutes after the train halted at Platform Number 9 in the Chennai Central Station.

The fact that she was the only casualty in the blasts, in which 14 others suffered injuries, was even more heart-rending.

Her parents, who came to Chennai to receive her body, wept unconsolably. "They were eagerly awaiting her homecoming, because it was her first meeting with her parents after she joined the TCS in January," family members said.

Swati, who was planning to marry her classmate in the next couple of months and settle in life, had taken a week's leave to spend with her parents and family members.

But the parents and family members were only able to see only her mortal remains.

Her parents, Parchuri Ramakrishna and Kamakshi hail from an agricultural village and settled in Guntur with the aim of providing good education to their daughters.

She finished her BTech (EEE) from JNTU, Hyderabad, got through GATE and completed MTech from the same institution.

(Posted on 01-05-2014)