Two of Mumbai victims were from AP

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Hyderabad Nov 28 (UNI) Two persons from Hyderabad were among more than 121 people killed in the Mumbai terrorist strikes.

While Vijay Rao Bhanja (48), executive chef at the Taj Mahal Hotel, was shot dead by terrorists yesterday, advocate Laxminarayan Goel was killed when his taxi, was blown up in the blast triggered by them.

A pall of gloom descended on Vijay's residence at Neredmed area. His old mother, controlling her emotions, confirmed that his son had succumbed to the bullets fired by the terrorists. He is survived by his wife and a son.

The family came to know of the tragedy from Vijay's colleague, also a chef, who survived the attack. His wife said her husband had spoken to her on the midnight of Wednesday to inform that he was safe and there was nothing to worry. The family had planned a trip to Mumbai in a couple of days.

Death came haunting 55-year-old Goel, who would have survived had he not missed his train to Hyderabad on the fateful night.

He was returning to his relative's house when the taxi went up in flames at Ville Parle, struck by a grenade hurled by the terrorists.

Goel, who is survived by his wife and four daughters, had gone to Mumbai for some office work on Sunday.


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