Fate drove Hussain Hasanali Bootwala (41) to death, but not before he saved the lives of five others caught in the blaze that gutted two floors of the Retiwala Industrial Estate in Byculla on Monday.
On that fateful morning, Bootwala left home for a meeting called by his senior. As part of his job profile, Bootwala visited leather units for supervision. “Otherwise he would have been on field,” said an inconsolable relative.
Bootwala, a resident of Aga Khan Compound in Andheri, is survived by his wife and 14-year-old daughter.
Bootwala, a manager with a leather shoes manufacturing factory located on the third floor of the building, died while attempting to escape from a narrow window. Though still in a state of shock, his family members and friends are proud that Bootwala gave happiness to five families at the cost of his own life.
The Bootwalas have an ancestral footwear business, which gives them their last name. Bootwala’s father also has a shoe-making unit and he too decided to get into the same trade. “He was working with the firm since four years. Currently, he was working as senior manager,” said Bootwala’s brother-in-law Mhois, adding proudly, “He always put others before himself.” “Hussain and many others could have been saved had the building had basic security measures like fire hydrants in the units,” said an emotional Firdos Karachiwala, a relative.
Meanwhile, the police on Tuesday filed a case of culpable homicide (not amounting to murder) against the owner of Rekhi Enterprises at Retiwala Industrial Estate.
Senior inspector M Jagtap of the Byculla police station told HT on Tuesday that the owner of Gala No 309 (Rekhi Enterprises) had been charged under Section 304 after a preliminary inquiry established that the fire started from the perfume manufacturing unit.