Yamuna Expressway accident: Will fight for my father, says 13-year-old daughter

 

Dr Ramesh Nagar, his 13-year-old daughter and eight-year-old nephew had left their home at 5.30 pm to attend a wedding in a village near Mathura.

 

Lying on a bed at her uncle’s residence at Etmadpur in Agra, Sandali says they stopped the motorbike on the way and asked her cousin Pankaj to take a picture of her with her father. Sandali wanted to ask her father to make the photo his WhatsApp profile picture.

 

“Everything is gone now. The picture is in my father’s mobile phone and I don’t know where it is. When we got back his body, his wallet and phone was missing,” she says.

 

Sandali sustained a fracture on her collarbone and a head injury. Her cousin fractured his hand and leg. A student of Class IX, Sandali was supposed to appear for her final examinations this week. She says she will miss the science practical examination scheduled for Tuesday and and her Social Studies examination on Wednesday. “I find it difficult to speak. My whole body hurts and I can’t even walk without anyone’s help,” she adds.

 

Sandali says there is a big burden on the family now. “Many people have been asking me what I want to do now. I don’t have any demands, but I want to know who will look after my mother and my brother,” she says.

 

When asked about HRD minister Smriti Irani’s denying her convoy’s involvement in the accident, Sandali says, “I saw her stepping out of her car. If she had taken it seriously, my father would have been sitting here with me. I will not not let the issue die easily. I will fight for my father.”