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Eyes of Varanasi blast victim to light life of others

Written by: Staff

Varanasi, Mar 26 (UNI) In a rare gesture a man has donated the eyes of his son who yesterday succumbed to wounds received in the twin blasts that rocked this holy city on March 7.

The 17-year-old Ritesh, who was injured seriously while video-filming a marriage at the Sankatmochan temple at the time of blast on March 7, died yesterday at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) hospital.

Immediately after his death, father Sushil Upadhyaya, showing exemplary courage donated his son's eyes.

''Ritesh always talked about lighting the life of others and the dream has been actualised,'' said Sushil trying his best to hide his tears.

''My son is dead but his eyes will keep on gazing the world,'' he added.

With Ritesh's death the total number of those killed in the twin blasts at the 16th century temple and Varanasi railway station, had gone up to 16. As many as 98 others were wounded in the attack, majority of whom have been discharged from various hospitals.


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