NEW DELHI: Shocked neighbours and friends of young Aditya Mehta, who was injured in the bomb blast in Pune last week and died in the early hours of Wednesday, remember him as a brilliant student and a good football player.
“I knew him since my school days. We both studied at Bal Bharati Public School and he was a year senior to me. He was more than a friend and helped me with his books and notebooks. I got enrolled in the same tuition classes. He was very studious and a good football player. I remember playing football with him in the evenings,” said Ashish Nangia, who lives in the same Chandrapriya Apartments in Rohini Sector 8 where Aditya lived.
Recalling Aditya’s recent visit to Delhi, Ashish, who is pursuing engineering from a Gurgaon college, said: “He had come to Delhi for a week in January. He told me that he was preparing for GRE and wanted to go abroad. When a friend broke the news of his death to me in the morning, I was stunned. At first I could not believe it. But soon the news was there in all the television channels. I had heard about the Pune blasts, but was clueless that Aditya was among the injured.”
Twenty-one-year-old Aditya, the only son of his parents, was a fourth year student of electronics and communication at Bharatiya Vidyapeeth, an engineering college in Pune. His elder sister Misha is pursuing MBA from Indraprastha University in Delhi. His father Jai Prakash Mehta runs a business in Central Delhi.
Pankaj Chawla, a neighbour, said: “Aditya was expected to return to Delhi in the next couple of months after completing his studies. His parents and sister were very excited. But fate had something else in store for him. His parents left for Pune hours after the blast took place. His sister and her aunt left in the early hours on Wednesday. The family is expected to return late in the night with the body and the cremation will take place on Thursday.”
Aditya had sustained more than 50 per cent burns in the bomb blast that ravaged the famous German Bakery in Pune’s Koregaon Park near the Osho Ashram on February 13 evening.