As Mumbai bridge swayed, youth pushed father to security — after which fell to his dying – The Indian Categorical
When the Himalaya Bridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station started wobbling dangerously Thursday night, Zahid Khan’s first intuition was to push away his father Siraj who was behind him. That push to the chest saved the 60-year-old who watched in horror as his son fell to his dying, crushed by cement slabs of the foot overbridge.Thirty-two-year-old Zahid was one in every of six to die. At the least 31 others had been injured.
On Friday, at Maitri Residences in Ghatkopar West, Siraj’s neighbour Maksood Khan mentioned: “Had Zahid not pushed away his father, he too would have died. He survived as a result of the slabs that fell had been just a little forward of him.”
His again closely strapped, Siraj was inconsolable as he returned house after laying his son to relaxation. Relations mentioned greater than 300 folks from throughout Ghatkopar attended the funeral.
Zahid leaves behind his mother and father, a youthful brother, spouse and two daughters, one aged six and the opposite simply eight months. “Hamare ghar ka chirag bujh gaya hai (the sunshine has gone out of our lives),” a cousin mentioned.
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His again and chest injured, Siraj was suggested admission to St. George Hospital, however he couldn’t bear the considered not being together with his son on his remaining journey. “Hopefully, he’ll return to the hospital now. He can’t even sit correctly and it seems he has suffered fractures,” Maksood mentioned.
Father and son duo ran a store that offered belts outdoors Ghatkopar railway station. Siraj had moved to Mumbai from Prayagraj almost 40 years in the past, and arrange a stall on the street. The household initially lived at Nitya Nagar in Ghatkopar West earlier than Siraj saved sufficient to purchase the house the place they now stay — their house for the final eight years.
“Zahid was a easy, straight-forward boy. He would head to work together with his father after providing prayers within the morning, and return within the night,” Maksood mentioned.
Twice a month, they’d go to Crawford Market to order belts and return to the store by lunch-time. “I don’t know what occurred yesterday that made them go to the market within the night,” Maksood mentioned.