Having a mobile phone proved to be a life-saver for a migrant labourer who was trapped under the debris of the factory that collapsed late on Sunday night. Many others, despite having made calls to their relatives, are yet to be rescued.
"I got a call from my brother Ajay around midnight, who informed me that he was trapped under debris where the factory office was located," Ashok, a migrant from Bihar, told Hindustan Times.
"I immediately rushed to the spot and informed the police about my brother's location and, accordingly, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) identified the area and created a hole in the wall to reach out to my brother," Ashok said, adding that after a three-hour operation, his brother was finally pulled out.
Ajay remained in touch with his brother till 4 am, as NDRF personnel were busy in the rescue operation. Ajay told his brother that one of his colleagues was lying dead under a concrete pillar beside him.
Another migrant, Ram Parkash, who hails from Bihar, said that his brothers Jai Prakash and Shiv Shankar rang him up around 2 am, informing him that they were trapped under the debris. "But I lost contact with them as the battery of their mobile phones went dead," Parkash said as his eyes welled up with tears.
Another migrant worker, Suresh Kumar, called up his uncle Manjit Singh around 4 am and told him that he was trapped near Machine Number 18. Suresh, however, is yet to be rescued as the NDRF team was provided the map of the factory quite late.
Rawat, also a migrant, said that one of his friends rang him up around 3 pm, saying that he was trapped under the debris near Machine Number 8. Rawat then passed on the information regarding his friend's location to the rescue team.
Kakri Devi, also a migrant from Bihar, said that she got a call from her brother-in-law Raj Kumar around 1 am, telling her that he was trapped under the debris. "I was not able to understand what he was saying as his voice was echoing," she said.