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Chavan offers condolences, assures support to families of deceased staff

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan met the grieving families of Mohan More and Tukaram More, who died in the Mantralaya fire, on Sunday to offer them his condolences. They were two of the five people who lost their lives in the incident.

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2012 00:44 IST
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Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan met the grieving families of Mohan More and Tukaram More, who died in the Mantralaya fire, on Sunday to offer them his condolences. They were two of the five people who lost their lives in the incident.

Chavan has also promised to personally look into the needs of the family in terms of providing them with jobs and financial support. Both victims were closely associated with Chavan as they worked as 'chopdars' (door keepers), who guarded his cabin and served him his food.

The CM first went to Mira Road to meet Mohan More's family. "Since I took up my post, Mohan would always take care of my tea and also serve me my lunch. He would keep urging me to have my food several times a day," said Chavan.

Sources say that Mohan's body was found after the fire, with a bunch of keys in his hand.

"When 6,000 employees escaped that day, Mohan got caught. He was dutiful and so he lost his life. I will extend all the support I can to his family," Chavan said.

He then traveled to Virar to meet Tukaram's family. Tukaram had just retired as a chopdar and passed the baton to his relative Mohan. Tukaram had come to the state headquarters for some official work after his retirement and was trapped and killed by the fire, along with Mohan.