Blast victim dies after 9-year struggle

Parag Sawant was heading home in a Virar-bound local train in 2006 when a bomb exploded.

July 07, 2015 11:08 am | Updated November 07, 2016 11:46 pm IST - Mumbai

File photo of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj with Parag Sawant, a victim of the 2006 serial bomb blasts, whom she met at a Mumbai hospital.

File photo of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj with Parag Sawant, a victim of the 2006 serial bomb blasts, whom she met at a Mumbai hospital.

Parag Sawant, who has been in a comatose state for nine years after he was badly injured in the >July 11, 2006 serial blasts on Mumbai trains, passed away at the PD Hinduja hospital here on Tuesday morning.

“Around 6 a.m., Sawant’s saturation levels dropped and he was put on oxygen to stabilise his breathing. He had a sudden respiratory arrest for which the CPR team conducted resuscitation measures. But he could not be revived and was declared dead at 6.54 a.m.,” Dr. B.K. Misra, consultant neurosurgeon, Hinduja Hospital, said in a statement.

Mr. Sawant (36), resident of suburban Bhayander in Thane district, was heading home in a Virar-bound local train in 2006, when a bomb exploded in his compartment at Mira Road station.

Mr. Sawant’s death came as a crushing blow to his family. Sawant’s wife Priti Sawant was pregnant at the time of the incident and their eight-year-old daughter Prachiti never really got to know her father. Ms. Sawant got a job in the Western Railways later and works in suburban Andheri.

Meanwhile, judgment is still awaited in the case involving 13 accused persons. The trial began in 2007, but the accused moved the Supreme Court and got a stay. It resumed in 2010 and the final arguments concluded in August 2014.

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