The 25-year-old Amrutha Ravi from Karimnagar district wanted to be a police Sub-Inspector and was preparing for the recruitment exam in Hyderabad. He battled for life for 13 days before succumbing to multiple injuries.

“No consolations and financial help can wipe away the tears of our mother and his friends. We will miss him all our lives. He had high hopes of clearing the SI recruitment exam. He loved his relatives and was a very good student,” said an inconsolable Amrutha Kumar, Ravi’s elder brother.

On the ill-fated day, Ravi, who shared a room with three other SI aspirants at Dilsukhnagar, went out for refreshments. Ravi and his friend Tirupati were at ‘Mirchi’ bandi when the bomb went off. While Tirupati succumbed to his injuries, Ravi fought on.

“Since childhood he (Ravi) had been a good student, a reliable friend and a responsible son who took care of his mother after his father’s demise. He scored close to 70 per cent marks in his MBA examination. Everybody in the family is a daily wager, and we had high hopes because Ravi always said that he would become an SI,” recalled his childhood friend G. Abhilash, who was witness to Ravi’s 13-day ordeal at Yashoda Hospitals.

Ravi had received severe multiple intestinal injuries and penetrating limb injuries, and his abdominal and thoracic cavity had taken a major hit.

Also, his internal organs were ruptured in the high-intensity blast.

“We did everything we could, and on his part he fought bravely. We did an emergency surgery on the first day, kept him on dialysis when his kidneys failed and pumped antibiotics. He was on ventilator all the while,” said Dr. Surender Reddy, General Surgeon, who treated Ravi.

Though from a family of daily wage labourers, Ravi had completed his MBA and aspired to become a