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When dreams ended & life grounded for this Matol family

21 Apr 2017 12:39am IST

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NAVIN JHA

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21 Apr 2017 12:39am IST

Report by
NAVIN JHA

Salman’s family struggling to come to terms with the gory road accident that took his life

VERNA: Salman Ahmad Kidwai was winding up his Goa chores and was ready to take a flight to Lucknow for his cousin’s wedding, when he was fatally knocked down by a speeding bus at Verna bypass on Wednesday morning.

His sudden accidental death has left the entire Kidwai family shocked and shattered; the family is now worried about the future of his widow and three children.

Salman’s 76-year-old father is still not ready to believe that his son who was a popular face and was respected in the Matol locality in Verna village is no more alive. 

“Twelve family members were ready with our bags packed to board the flight to Lucknow in the afternoon to attend wedding of a family member. I still can’t believe that my son is not alive. I had never ever dreamt that at this age I will have to see my son dead. He was the only one who was taking care of all our financial needs. Now who will take care of us? This is a huge loss to me and my wife,” said Zia Ahmed Kidwai, Salman’s father, with tears in his eyes.

Like their father, Salman’s two elder brothers are worried about his widow and three minor children.

“He was an all-rounder -- a carpenter, a tiles fitter and an interior designer. His friendly nature and smart ability was something that had made him one of the favourite among us.

He was very smart in grasping things and thus he started learning carpentry at very tender age as his dream was to become a contractor, but God took him away from us before he could complete his dream,” said Subhan Ahmed Kidwai, Salman’s elder brother.

With the sudden death of Salman, uncertainty over the marriage looms large. The family members are not in a position to take any decision on whether to cancel the marriage or to fix the same after a gap of few months. 

Even in their hour of tragedy, Kidwai family is gracious enough to acknowledge the support extended by the Verna villagers in their hour of need. “We are very grateful to the people of Verna for raising their voice against increasing deaths on Verna bypass road. Had this protest been held few days ago, my brother would have been alive today,” Subhan Ahmed Kidwai told Herald.

Meanwhile, the Kidwai family as well as Verna villagers have demanded that the State government should come to the rescue of Salman’s widow and children by providing them with some compensation.

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