The ailing parents of Umesh Sahu, 35, who died when a portion of the under construction metro station at Andheri collapsed on Tuesday, are still unaware of his death.
Umesh’s cousin Ramchandra Sahu, who lives in Andheri, claimed the body on Wednesday.
“Umesh’s parents live in a village in Bihar. We have not told them about his death as they are very old and may not be able to take the shock,” said Ramchandra. He said Umesh had earlier worked at the Bandra-Worli Sealink construction site.
“He worked at the Bandra-Worli sea link site till it was completed after which he went to his village. He returned to Mumbai after he received a letter from Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) asking him to join the Metro site,” said Ramchandra.
Doctors at Cooper Hospital, where Umesh’s post mortem was conducted, said that he died of shock due to multiple injuries.
The accident on Tuesday left one dead and 16 injured. “Of the three people admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), one is slated to undergo a spinal cord surgery.
Others are stable and few patients may be discharged soon,” said Dr Bhuvan Dumeti, assistant general manager operations, Seven Hills Hospital.
Late on Tuesday night, a 39-year-old woman, who was walking near the accident site, was brought to Seven Hills Hospital, Marol, with an ankle injury after the accident.
Meanwhile, the five patients admitted to Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, were shifted to the ICU for observation.
Vichitra Mohanti, 20, said he regretted his decision to come to the city in search of work.
After failing his Class 10 board examination, the Orissa resident came to Mumbai three months ago to work with his brother, Ganesh, who works as a labourer at the Metro site.
“Vichitra had just joined work and was enjoying it. He told me that he was levelling the cement on the staircase when it suddenly collapsed,” said Ganesh. Vichitra has sustained severe injuries to his head, leg and hands.
Dr Nitin Jadhav of Paramount General Hospital, Saki Naka, said: “All the five patients admitted here are stable. Out of them, two are in the ICU, of which one patient may require a surgery. The doctors are screening him.”