Heart rending scenes were witnessed today at a city hospital with wailing relatives of the fire victims beseeching the doctors to save their dear ones injured in the blaze which engulfed a multi-storeyed commercial complex here.
Crying inconsolably outside the ICU of Manipal Hospital where 19 persons are being treated, some elderly people fell at the feet of attending doctors and nurses, requesting them to save the lives of their dear ones.
As hospital authorities tried their best to cope with the crisis attending to the patients and responding to their worried relatives, they were finding it extremely difficult to console the family members of the deceased, who included, three women and six men.
Repeated pleas by hospital authorities to maintain calm were drowned in the wails of the grieving families.
Apart from the kith and kin, the curious onlookers who thronged the hospital added to chaotic situation with the hospital people running helter skelter to provide information.