Four-year-old Saraswati owes her life to the quick thinking of her eight-year-old friend Amit. She was the only survivor among the group of six children on whom a boundary wall collapsed in east Delhi's Dallupura village on Wednesday.
After the wall came down, Amit spotted Saraswati within seconds and rescued her. He also alerted his neighbours, who rushed her to the hospital. "I was standing outside my house when a part of the wall came down. Within seconds, I spotted Saraswati screaming for help. I raised an alarm and at the same time began removing the bricks on her body," said Amit.
Amit is now being hailed as a hero by all his neighbours, especially by Saraswati's parents. Though proud, the eight-year-old rued the fact that he couldn't save his other friends. "I would have tried to save my other friends too had I spotted them," he said. Those friends were cremated at the Ghazipur cremation ground in the presence of more than 100 people.
Meanwhile, the police on Thursday arrested the owner of the plot Vijender Singh Gujjar, 50, and the contractor Bhanwar Singh, 48. But the people of the area also demanded the arrest of Gujjar's son Shahzad who was reportedly present at the time of the incident. Locals alleged that Shahzad's cowardice killed the five children.
"Shahzad was present when the wall came down. We asked him to call the ambulance and the police. But he fled. When he was fleeing, my wife grabbed him and begged him to take the children to the hospital. But he kicked her in the abdomen and fled," said Satish, who lost his two children Ankit, 6, and Baby, 4, in the tragedy.
Sunita, a resident of the area, said the families will fight for justice and won't leave the accused are brought to book. "We want to see Shahzad to be booked for killing our children," said Sunita.