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‘Every manhole’ being searched for doctor missing in Mumbai rains

Police officials said a few witnesses saw a man walking in the middle of Tulsi Pipe road. Some claim they warned him against doing so, but he continued to march along.

mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2017 01:27 IST
Sadaguru Pandit, Manish K Pathak & Aayushi Pratap
Sadaguru Pandit, Manish K Pathak & Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
Police officials haven’t confirmed if Dr Amrapurkar fell in a manhole.
Police officials haven’t confirmed if Dr Amrapurkar fell in a manhole.(HT)

A senior doctor from Bombay Hospital, Parel went missing near Elphinstone road on Tuesday evening, after he decided to walk back home from work.

Dr Deepak Amarapurkar,58, a senior gastroenterologist physician at Bombay Hospital was on his way back home to Prabhadevi in his car when he decided to abandon the car and his driver and started walking to his house, said a family friend. “He had called his wife at 6.50pm, 10 minutes before he went untraceable,” said one of his colleagues. “He is still missing, it’s a horrible situation. An eye witness told us that he got sucked in a manhole in Elphinstone,” he added.

The Mumbai fire brigade, Mumbai police and disaster management personnel from the civic body, along with divers from National Disaster Response Force (NRDF) checked five manholes in Elphinstone, Dadar, starting from the one where he was last seen on Tuesday evening.

His family members have registered a missing persons complaint. “We have been checking all manholes nearby the area with fire brigade and BMC officials to locate him,” said assistant commissioner of police Sunil Deshmukh.

Police officials confirmed that a few witnesses saw a person who looked like Dr Amrapurkar walking in the middle of Tulsi Pipe road. The witnesses said they had warned him about the heavy flow of water, but he continued to walk.“People had noticed a person being swept away due to the flow of the water and lost grip of his umbrella. Bystanders then handed over the umbrella to police officials, which was later identified to be Dr Amarapurkar’s,” Dr Sharma added.

According to an official from the Mumbai Fire Brigade, they looked for him in all the manholes and also at Love Grove and Cleveland Storm Water Pumping Stations in Worli, but could not trace him. “We have checked all the possible places. Incase, he fell in the manhole and his body swept into the sea, we will have to wait for the next 24 hours as the body may swell and reach one of the shores,” said AB Parab, from the Mumbai Fire Brigade.

Meanwhile, Dr Amarapukar’s family friends said his children, who are in the United States, learnt about the incident on Wednesday morning. “The family members told them about the incident on Wednesday morning,” he said. His wife Anjali Amarapukar, is a pathologist who works at Sion Hospital.

Senior citizen found

80-year-old Madhav Vaidya, father of Dr Aachal Vaidya from Mulund, was found at Mulund station on Wednesday morning. The senior citizen had gone missing since Tuesday morning.

“Police officials found him near Mulund station. He doesn’t remember anything and we didn’t ask further,” said his son-in-law Mandar. Madhav wasn’t carrying an umbrella or phone and didn’t return home on Tuesday after the floods, leaving family and friends in a state of panic.

First Published: Aug 30, 2017 16:02 IST