Bolt from the blue

Ajay Mullick, 27, was strolling through Topsia, in east Kolkata, India, with his girlfriend Manisha, 20 recently one evening when a lightning bolt hit him on the neck, burning his heart and lungs and killing him instantly. It travelled in a straight line through his body and exited through his right ankle.

Manisha was unharmed, although she has been temporarily deafened.

The pair were found lying at the base of a monument – ‘The Glorious Dead’ – to soldiers killed in the First World War.

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