No post-mortems were conducted on the bodies of the six children who died in Thursday’s building collapse. Several politicians, including corporators and member of parliament Waris Pathan of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen met the injured and the families of the dead in hospital on Thursday night. A source told HT that after discussing the matter with senior police officials, a decision was made to not conduct post-mortems on ‘emotional grounds’.
Six children died and five people were injured when the ground-plus-four-storey structure collapsed at Behrampada, Bandra (East) on Thursday afternoon. Two of the injured are under observation at Bhabha Hospital, Bandra (West) while three have been discharged.
“We discharged three patients as they had sustained only minor cuts and bruises. Two women were admitted with severe injuries but both are stable now,” said Dr Jadhav, deputy chief medical officer, periphery hospitals. He added that the six children, all from the same family, were pronounced dead on arrival.
“The cause of death is multiple crush injuries. It’s also possible that the children may have died of asphyxiation (lack of oxygen) under the debris,” Dr Jadhav added. A senior doctor, who did not wish to be named, said, “It’s important to conduct post-mortems because we need to know the exact cause of death. There could be multiple factors involved. Since the victims were already dead when brought to the hospital, the exact cause of death is unclear, even for the attending doctors at Bhabha Hospital.” A source confirmed that the six bodies will be handed over to the family and will be buried on Friday morning.