Mumbai attacks affect Aashish Chaudhary
Bollywood actor Aashish Chaudhary lost his sister and her husband in the terrorist attack at Mumbai's Trident hotel.
"Till the last hostage was brought out by the security forces, the whole family was hopeful that they were alive and well. But that didn't happen," said Aashish Chaudhary.
Ashish's sister Monica Chhabria and her husband Ajit went to Tiffin restaurant for dinner on the night of attack. They were there when heavily armed terrorists stormed in and started firing indiscriminately upon guests and staff. The actor, who had been maintaining a tense vigil outside the hotel ever since he came to know about the terrorist attacks, says the whole family had been scared ever since they received news of the attack.
According to Aashish "My father got very worried and immediately called on her mobile. She took the call and told my father in a quivering voice that there were terrorists inside the hotel who were firing at people. After that the call got disconnected. We were totally confused about what to do next and whom to talk to. We rushed to the Oberoi."
Hoping against hope, Ashish kept trying his sister's mobile, but there was no response. They assured themselves that the couple may have sought shelter somewhere inside the hotel and were safe. What gave them added hope were news reports that spoke of hundreds of hostages and others who were hiding in different parts of the building. That is what gave them the strength to wait outside the Oberoi for over 40 hours.
When the NSG commandos stormed the hotel, the Chaudharys hoped things will be fine. With survivors still being brought out, they felt it was only a matter of time before they were reunited with Monica and Ajit. Instead there was bad news in store for them. The couple, they were informed, had not survived.
"It's shocking, really shocking. I still can't believe that my dear sister and brother-in-law are now no more. I am completely shattered," said Ashish.
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