It's been a week that the factory-collapse in Jalandhar occurred, but the human heart refuses to desert hope. This became apparent on Sunday when a crying man reached the disaster site and rushed towards the debris, desperate to find his brother. "Get aside, I will find my brother myself. He cannot die," he cried, as rescue workers were trying to speed up the work to remove the debris.
It was around noon, and Raj Kishore Chaudhary, a resident of Girdih district in Jharkhand, seemed to need no machinery. He went about clearing parts of the structure with his bare hands. His brother Ajit Chaudhary worked in the factory and is missing since the night of the collapse.
Personnel from the army, the National Disaster Response Force and Punjab police managed to grab him and pacify him a tad. As he controlled his emotions, they told him that his brother's body would be recovered when the site is cleared.
"But how can he die? At about 9 pm on (last) Sunday, I talked to my brother over the phone. He told me that he was doing well. He also told me that he had got the salary for March on the day," Raj Kishore sobbed adding, "We were to get together at home in Jharkhand for his daughter's engagement."
Having got the news about the factory collapse through newspapers in New Delhi, where he worked, he reached Jalandhar on Sunday morning. After his emotional outburst, rescue workers present at the site advised him to go to the civil hospital to look at the unidentified bodies to find his brother. He went to the hospital but did not find his brother's body there.
Watching all this, was Heer Chand Chaudhary, who was silently sitting near the disaster site, waiting for the body of his brother in-law Radha Mohan Chaudhary.