California-based Himachal Pradesh’s Anjali Ryot was only a few hours away from her 30th birthday when her life was snuffed out on Wednesday, October 20, in a shootout between two gangs in Mexico’s Tulum. In fact, she was there with her husband to celebrate her birthday.
Anjali’s family in Himachal Pradesh was shattered when they were informed about her death. Her brother Ashish is now desperately trying to go to Mexico and coordinate with the authorities to bring her body to India for the last rites. He has urged the mayor of Tulum to speed up the procedure for his visa approval so that he may go to Mexico.
COUPLE HAD DINNER JUST BEFORE THE SHOUTOUT
Anjali, who lived in San Jose, California, US, and her husband Utkarsh Shrivastava had gone to a beach resort in Mexico’s Tulum to celebrate her birthday. They had dinner on Wednesday and got ice cream from a stall. Around 10.30pm, Anjali sat chatting with four other tourists on the terrace of La Malquerida restaurant when four men armed with assault rifles opened fire at an adjoining table on the premises and stray bullets hit them.
Anjali and a tourist from Germany, Jennifer Henzold, were killed. The other three from Germany and the Netherlands were wounded. Authorities said that the shootout was a confrontation between rival gangs of drug peddlers.
Her Utkarsh, a senior manager with OTT platform Netflix, called Ashish, who lives in Chicago, and told him about the incident. Ashish then called his father to inform him about the tragedy.
FAMILY RECALLS THE LAST TIME ANJALI WAS HOME
Her father, KD Ryot, and mother Nirmala were devastated when they received the news. Her father recalled how Anjali had spent three-four months with her family in Solan last year when the pandemic set in.
K D Ryot, who was a director in Himachal Pradesh’s animal husbandry department, said Anjali had gone to Mumbai from California to get a diploma on the film industry. She visited them immediately after completing her course as lockdown had been imposed.
“She left for California after spending three to four months with us in Solan,” he said.
Anjali had moved to California in 2012 to pursue masters in electronics from San Jose State University after completing BTech from Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Waknaghat. Her Facebook account mentions that she studied at St Luke’s in Solan and Sacred Heart High School in Dharamshala. Anjali had been working as a senior site reliability engineer at LinkedIn since July this year.
She loved to visit new places and was a travel blogger, her father said.
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