Latest victim of Kanpur statue desecration incident
The fireman was part of the fire fighting team for the Pune-bound Deccan Queen which was torched at Ulhasnagar railway station on November 30, reports Kiran Sonawane.india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 01:07 IST
Fireman Janardhan Pawar (57) is the latest life that the Kanpur statue desecration incident has claimed.
Janardhan recently succumbed to his injuries after he was admitted to the hospital for severe chest pain due to smoke inhalation. He was part of the fire fighting team for the Pune-bound Deccan Queen which was torched at Ulhasnagar railway station on November 30.
Janardhan's family is now demanding adequate compensation and a job with the fire brigade. Fire officer RB Patil, Janardhan's colleague at the Ambernath fire station has supported the family's claim.
Janardhan was a senior fireman with the Ambarnath fire station and was due for retirement after six months. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.
After the fire controlling assignment of the Deccan Queen on November 30, Janardhan complained of severe chest pain and was admitted to Dr Vijay Chile Hospital in Ambernath. He died on December 6 despite persistent medical attention.
"No railway official came to visit my father when he was in hospital," said Sanjay Pawar (26), Janardhan's eldest son. "The only thing we are asking for is a decent compensation for his sacrifice and a job for myself." Sanjay holds a diploma in fire fighting.
RB Patil said: "Janardhan got trapped amidst the thick smoke and fainted on the spot due to suffocation. His family deserves monetary compensation from the Railways as well as the government as he died fighting to save others' lives."
Hundreds of agitators had blocked the tracks on November 30 and forced passengers of the Deccan Queen to alight. They then set fire to its A/C compartment, destroying five compartments.
Janardhan's family is peeved at the railways. "The Railways have not done anything for us," said Sanjay.