Relatives identified five members of a family who were killed in the Blueline accident on Sunday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ mortuary on Monday.
The five were from Ballabhgarh. No one had come forward to claim the bodies for almost 24 hours. Their relatives, being daily wage earners, were away at work when the accident took place and heard the news late on Sunday.
“I came to know that my wife died only after I returned home around 8 p.m. on Sunday. She had gone to sell flowers and television covers along with my other relatives at a market in Badarpur. She was expecting our sixth child,” said Insaan, husband of Sitara, who died in the accident.
The victims have been identified as Satna (50), Sitara (27), Babli (30), Fatuman (45) and Taufiq (4 months). “My mother was also killed in the accident. She had left the house in the morning to earn some extra money. She used to put up a stall on the roadside with my father for extra income. Being a Sunday, they thought they could make some extra money,” said Saqleen, Satna’s son.
Four-month-old Taufiq was in the arms of his mother when both of them were crushed to death. “Babli was carrying Taufiq in her arms. She has three other children who have been asking for their mother since last night,” said Salim, a relative of Babli.
Relatives cry foul
Relatives of the pedestrians who survived Sunday’s accident said they were made to pay for the medical facilities at the trauma centre. “We were told that the government would pay for the medical expenses, but the doctors are charging us for the medicines. We are poor people, we cannot afford costly medicines,” said Hiralal, the brother of Gurjarilal, who was injured in the accident.