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Living wait for the dead

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2011 23:50 IST

Muhammad Akram, 54, who reached the Lok Nayak mortuary from Moradabad, UP, just when his mother Fatima and daughter Tabassum’s bodies were being released after post mortem, could not bear the sight of them wrapped in white cloth with blood dripping. He collapsed on the floor.

“We had to send him back as he couldn’t bear the shock,”

said Mohd Irshaad, a relative who received the bodies. Two other members of the family, Nasir and Firoz, have been seriously injured and are undergoing treatment at the hospital for head and shoulder injuries. Five of the 30 people retrieved from the debris were dead.

Before leaving home, Muhammad Arshad, 31, had put his three-year-old son to bed. He was supposed to meet a friend at night in east Delhi. “The third body that we removed from under the debris was his. We didn’t know he was around as he had said he would come late. He was bleeding profusely and I knew he was gone,” said Parvez, his elder brother.

While talking over phone, Munni Devi, 70, told her daughter Santosh that the plaster of her two-room house was coming out. Santosh didn’t realise that it is going to be her last conversation with her mother. The call got disconnected at 8pm, when the building in which Munni Devi was living collapsed.

Her body was the first to be recovered from the debris. Munni’s son Suresh and grandson Gaurav, who were at her home at the time of the incident, also got injured.

For almost 12 hours after his body was taken out of the debris, Shahban Ali, 20, a labourer in the nearby construction site, remained unidentified. He could be identified only after a few of his friends reached the hospital. A resident of Gonda, UP, Ali had come to Delhi six years ago in search of work.