Jogeshwari accident: ‘Sartak was very close to grandfather’

  • Manish K Pathak, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 00:28 IST
A file photo of Bhiku Polekar with Sartak. (HT)

On Sunday 5-year-old Sartak Polekar and gone with his mother and grandparents to celebrate a birthday party of their relative at Oshiwara. Little did the family know that Sunday night would turn into a nightmare, and they would loose Sartak and his grandfather Bhiku Polekar in a case of drink driving accident.

And it was not surprising when the locality in Gorai where Sartak lived was in gloom. On Monday afternoon, Sartak and his grandfather’s last rites was conducted which the family was not in a position to bear. The light yellow coloured house in Rajhans society should have been otherwise welcoming, but on Monday the house was filled with women, some of the relatives and others who were from the locality, trying to support an inconsolable mother and grandmother who saw the accident with their own eyes.

Sartak’s 55-year-old grandmother Indu kept reliving the accident scene and was weeping uncontrollably. Sartak, was a bright child who apart from being very social with neighbours in the locality, had taken a liking to dancing. But Sartak as his father Sandeep said was interested in the mechanics of any toy given to him. “If you give him a toy car, Sartak used to open the car and then ensure that he joined it back. He was an extremely intelligent child.”

Even Sartak’s teachers, from Oxford Public School in Charkop, visited the family. “He was a bright student and we are shocked to know about the incident,” said a teacher, who did not want to reveal her name.

Sartak’s aunty, Usha said, “Sartak was very close to his grandfather, and always used to spend time with his grandfather. Each time his grandfather used to step out, Sartak would accompany him. We were planning to celebrate his birthday on April 21, and we still cannot believe that the accident happened and both of them are no more there with us.”

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