Terror revisits German Bakery blast survivor, he says won’t venture out

Injured in the German Bakery blast, IT professional Uday Kedambadi had been trying to put the past behind him. On Thursday, the scars of three years past reopened in Hyderabad. Although fortunate to have narrowly missed it this time, terror is yet again haunting Kedambadi. He had gone to Dilsukhnagar to shop on Thursday morning. The blasts rocked the area in the evening.

It shook Kedambadi and his family back home in Bibvewadi in Pune.

Kedambadi (32) has been staying in the Andhra Pradesh capital since January 21, having been sent there by his company for a three-month assignment. He was in his office when he started receiving frantic calls from friends and family on Thursday evening. They wanted to verify he was safe. "At first I was surprised. Realising something was wrong, I checked on internet and came to know about the bomb blast," he said.

Kedambadi, who had suffered multiple injuries in the German Bakery blast, said, "My heart skipped a beat and all memories of the blast I have been trying to wipe out from my mind came rushing back."

Post the German Bakery blast, life has not been the same for the young professional who says he has cut down on socialising. The injuries had confined him to hospital and then home for many weeks.

"My mother called me twice since Thursday evening and I convinced her I was all right. In fact, I promised her I would not go out in the evenings at all during my sojourn in the city," he said.

Kedambadi said he was scared to think he had gone there only in the morning. He said he was lucky, and may have visited the place in the evening. It was in his plans. "I had plans of going out on weekends to visit some places in the city in the evenings. Now I will not venture out during my stay in Hyderabad. I am scared," he said.

The death toll has angered Kedambadi, who blames the government for failing to protect citizens. "For people like me who have come close to death and lived to tell the tale, life will never be be the same again. The sense of insecurity that haunts us is something only we can understand," he said.

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