Dubal: A Dubai-based Indian couple, who had a narrow escape in the Sri Lanka blasts, said the whole scene looked like a movie and unreal, recounting they saw blood spilled everywhere as bodies were taken out from the hotel they were staying in, according to a media report.
Abhinav Chari, manager at a health insurance firm in Dubai, and his wife Navroop were visiting the island nation for a business trip and staying in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
Recounting the day, Chari said he and his wife were in the middle of the Easter service when the priest requested people to leave the church premises calmly, saying he has received reports about bombings in other churches, the Gulf News reported.
“After we left the church we got into a taxi to go get some breakfast because that is what we would normally do after Easter mass. We started noticing a commotion on the roads and decided it was better to go back to the hotel,” he said.
He said on reaching hotel, they saw everyone out on the lawn due to a security protocol. The gravity of the situation had not struck yet, soon it became clear it was much more. Chari’s wife Navroop said, “it was too soon to know anything on the news or social media, we still hadn’t registered the scale of the incident. I could not believe what was happening.”
“It was all like a movie. I saw the ambulance come in … I saw the bodies being taken out. I saw the blood. It was too much and I could not believe it was real,” she said, adding when they saw the news of churches and five-star hotels been targeted, did it sink in that this was huge.