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Tragic end to a dream

Like 25 other young men and women from his village in Ahmednagar, Ramesh Ambre, too, dreamt of joining the police force and supporting his family, report Shahkar Abidi & Rachna Pratihar.

mumbai Updated: Mar 09, 2010 01:10 IST

Like 25 other young men and women from his village in Ahmednagar, Ramesh Ambre, too, dreamt of joining the police force and supporting his family.

But the 22-year-old died even before he could submit his application for the job.

Ambre was killed in the stampede at the Kalina police ground on Monday morning. He was among the 30,000-odd applicants for vacancies in the police force.

Ambre’s parents worked hard to educate him. The second of three siblings, Ambre had completed Class 12 and was pursuing industrial technology course from Nashik. His father is disabled.

Ambre’s older brother, Arvind, said that Ambre had last called him at 2 pm on Sunday. He stayed at a relative’s place in Amboli on Sunday night and reached Kalina at 2:30 am.

In the afternoon, the police called Arvind to inform him that his brother was dead. “He was our only hope,” said Arvind, who had come to Mumbai to receive Ambre’s body. “How will I console my mother?”

Ambre’s relatives blamed the police for not providing enough facilities for the registration process. “The stampede was the result of their callousness,” said a relative.

All the applicants who had lined up in the sun were desperate for jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Nashik resident, Nikhil Chaudhari, spent Sunday night outside the ground. “As soon as the gates opened, those standing at the back pushed us to go ahead. Several people fell on me,” said Chaudhari.

Chaudhari and nine others have been admitted to V.N. Desai hospital at Santacruz (East).

Kalyan resident, Vinayak Chavan (19), is one of them. Chavan decided to apply at Kalina instead of Thane because “there are more seats in the open category in Mumbai”.

A Commerce student, Chavan said those who wanted to apply at more than two centres and were in a hurry caused the stampede.

While Chavan’s family is fretting over his future, Chaudhari is worried about his original certificates that got lost in the chaos. “I hope the police will help me look for the documents,” said Chaudhari. “I have four sisters and have to get them married. I was banking heavily on this job.”

1 hurt at Marine Lines

Twenty-two-year-old Vishal Chintamani Sanap, who had come from Nashik to participate in the police recruitment, was injured when he lost his balance while trying to jump over a wall at Marine Lines railway station on Monday. Sanap, who fractured his hands, was taken to GT hospital at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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