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The blast took place at the customer seating area which was close to the washing basin. (Image/PTI)

The blast took place at the customer seating area which was close to the washing basin. (Image/PTI)

Techie Alankrit, who lives in Bengaluru’s Brookefield and works in hybrid mode, said his mother saved his life even when she was far away

Mothers possess a remarkable level of intuition or gut feeling. Numerous documented instances exist where mothers have demonstrated an innate ability to sense when their children are about to get into trouble even when physically distant. Bengaluru-based 24-year-old techie Kumar Alankrit’s mother just proved the fact that even doctors and scientists acknowledge. Her unusual midday call helped save her son during the Rameshwaram café blast, reported the Times of India.

“If it wasn’t for my mother’s call, who knows what would have happened to me,” said Alankrit, who walked away from the spot where the bomb exploded a few seconds later.

Alankrit, who lives in Bengaluru’s Brookefield and works in hybrid mode, said his mother saved his life even when she was far away.

“I cook every day, but that day I was too hungry to cook and wanted to go out to have brunch. Whenever I work from home, I step out for a snack in the evening, so this was unusual for me,” he told TOI.

After ordering a plate of idli and dosa for himself, Alankrit sat near a tree, where the blast would take place.

“After eating my plate of idli, I walked towards the counter to collect my plate of dosa. All of a sudden, my phone rang. Puzzled, I read the name of the caller and it was my mom. I remember feeling that it was unusual for my mom to call me at this time,” he told TOI.

When Alankrit picked the call, his mother complained that his voice was muffled. To get a better connection, he stepped out and immediately, he heard a loud explosion behind him.

“There was black smoke everywhere. It felt like I was in a Bollywood movie. It took me a few moments to comprehend what had happened. I quickly ran towards the injured and tried to help them in the way I could,” he said.

Moments later Alankrit’s mother called to ask about his safety. “As soon as I answered the call, I whispered ‘thank you’ to my mother. I was fighting back tears. That moment I realised mothers are really God,” Alankrit said.

He said his bond with his mother was great. “I was inseparable from my mom when I was growing up. She was my best friend and she still is. To this day, I call her every day and tell her how my day has been and check up on her. While our calls usually happen in the evening, right after my shift, it was different on Friday,” he said.

The Brookfield outlet of The Rameshwaram Cafe where a low-intensity blast occurred on Friday leaving 10 people injured will be reopened on March 8, said the co-founder and CEO of the popular city eatery. In the blast that occurred on Friday afternoon, both staff and customers at the cafe sustained injuries but they are all recovering, police said.

Following the incident, the eatery was cordoned off as part of investigation by the city police. “We extend a warm invitation to all authorities and customers to join us for our reopening. Let us unite in solidarity and demonstrate that together, we are unyielding in our commitment to moving forward,” he said.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda said that the investigation into the incident, caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), is on in full swing. ”Several teams are working on different leads obtained so far,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “”We are continuing our investigation. 8 teams have been formed and all are working in different directions and looking at different aspects. We have collected several CCTV footage. We are examining every angle including if there is any jealousy factor. I also appeal to the opposition to cooperate with us and not to make this a political issue. We do not know if there is any connection with the Mangaluru blast.”

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