A power cut in the colony on Wednesday night proved to be a boon for Shobha Ram Sherawat's family.
The day the chartered aircraft crashed over his house in Parvatia Colony, all the family members were outside the house due to the power cut. This move saved three lives but three others — Sherawat's wife, daughter and daughter-in-law — weren't lucky. They were on the roof when the aircraft fell on them and they were killed.
"The wind storm that caused power breakdown saved the three lives including mine and that of my son and grandson," Sherawat told HT on Sunday.
"Had there been no power cut, our entire family of six would have been in the single room, the roof of which collapsed in the crash. Our entire family would have been wiped out," he added.
Sherawat said he was standing right outside the room when he realised that the house was collapsing.
"I ran towards the street only to turn and see that a huge fire had engulfed the house. I thought it was `kudrati pralai' (natural catastrophe) we used to hear from our elders," he said.
But he said he soon realised that an aircraft had fallen on his house, crushing to death three family members including his wife, daughter and daughter in law. Those who survived the crash are Sherawat, his son Deepak and grandson Yash.
Family accuses hospital staff
The family member of the three women who died in Wednesday night's accident has alleged that staff of BK Hospital's mortuary has taken gold earrings of two victims. Shobha Ram Sherawat claimed that though his daughter-in-law's earrings were returned, those of his wife and daughter weren't returned.
"May be someone took them when the bodies were being brought to hospital," said OP Mehta, Superintendent, BK Hospital. "I am also enquiring into the allegation,” said DCP NIT Praveen Mehta.