Khemka and her friends Kushal Somani, Sruti, Ramesh Singh and Ashish Kedia had rented the car to drive to the beach destination. Kedia was at the wheel and was speeding at 90kmph when he lost control. Somani reportedly told cops they were hurrying since they had fallen behind schedule. Khemka was thrown out of the car when it overturned and sustained severe head injuries. Local residents took all five to Uluberia State General Hospital, where Khemka was declared “dead on arrival”. The others’ families later shifted them to nursing homes in Kolkata.
Hospital superintendent Sudip Kanrar said, “Khemka was brought dead. She had fractured her skull and ribs. Besides, blood had oozed out of her mouth, nose and ears. The others had sustained injuries in the head, shoulders, spine and back.”
Howrah SP (rural) Gaurav Sharma said, “The car has been seized. It will undergo forensic and other tests to ascertain the cause of the accident.”
News of her death reached the Khemka family at the sprawling Diamond Apartments around 2pm. Neighbours poured in and relatives arrived to pay their condolences. The body arrived at 8pm.
“I met her just two days ago. I did not know I would be back so soon to perform her final rites,” said Dinesh Sharma, a priest who has known the family for 30 years.
The youngest of four siblings, Khemka was waiting for her MBA results. Her two older brothers have shops in the Theatre Road AC market. All three of her siblings — her brothers and a sister — are married and the family has been staying on the fourth floor of the apartment for the past 13 years. Khemka’s father passed away four years ago.
“She was a cheerful girl. I am shocked to hear of her untimely and tragic death,” said a neighbour. Residents of the building said she was an ambitious girl and very good in studies. “Even while doing her MBA, she did a few short stints with corporate firms so she would have a grasp on the industry,” said another neighbour.