BANGALORE, December 29: The journey of life that began together ended together for twins Padmini and Lalitha (61). The two were among those charred to death in the Bangalore–Nanded Express fire early on Saturday.
The sisters, both trained Carnatic vocal and veena artistes, were on their way to an ashram in Raichur to give a recital.
According to Harish Babu, a relative, they were accompanied by Padmini’s husband Narahari Rao, who survived the accident.
“We were informed of the accident by Narahari. He survived the fire because he had gone to the toilet and jumped out of the train,” Mr. Babu said.
The bodies of the twins were identified by their elder sister Gayatri. Originally from Mysore, Padmini lived in Kengeri while Lalitha was a resident of Rajarajeshwarinagar in Bangalore.
S.R. Krishnamurthy (70), a Carnatic music enthusiast and music critic, who was also on his way to Raichur, is among those missing.
On their way home
For Anirudh Kulkarni (24), among those feared dead, Friday was the last day of work at IBM Bangalore. A graduate from the Government College of Engineering in Pune, he had left to Nanded, his hometown, and was celebrating his transfer to IBM Pune, where he would be closer to home.
Software engineers Srinivas (28) and Srilatha (26), residents of Jayanagar here, also listed missing, have been married for six months. Ms. Srilatha, who earlier worked in Hyderabad, had been transferred to Bangalore, her uncle Seshapani said. They were headed to Mr. Srinivas’s parents’ home in Anantapur.
An anxious Omprakash, accompanied by his son Sathyaprakash, was seen at Victoria hospital here, looking for information about his son-in-law Prathap Binay (43). An engineer at Cement Corporation of India in Tandur, Ranga Reddy district, and a native of Patna, Mr. Binay was returning home to his wife and two children after a weeklong stay with his in-laws here, during which they visited Tirupati. “We are trying to trace him. I had seen him off from platform 8 in Bangalore station,” said Mr. Omprakash, a retired superintending engineer from Jharkhand, living in Bellandur here.