‘Saw my son fall to his death, but had to run for my life’

The two labourers had come to Delhi to work at under-construction sites for an average salary of Rs 500 per day. While they were clearing debris from the fourth floor of the terrace, the scaffolding on which they were balancing themselves on, broke, leading to their deaths

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi | Published: September 29, 2017 6:29 am

On Wednesday, Borelal’s eight-year-old daughter got a phone call from Delhi. On the other side was her uncle, Pintu Ahirwar, who asked her to hand over the phone to her mother. Before doing so, she asked him when her father would come home. “He will come for Diwali and he has bought gifts for you,” Ahirward replied. Satisfied, she handed over the phone to her mother.

To Borelal’s wife, Pintu broke the news about his death. “She started wailing over the phone,” he said. The news soon spread to the hamlets in Bhulare village in Chattarpur, and preparations for the funeral were underway.

On Tuesday, Borelal and his nephew Bardoli had fallen from the fourth floor of an under-construction CPWD staff quarters in North Avenue. The two labourers had come to Delhi to work at under-construction sites for an average salary of Rs 500 per day. While they were clearing debris from the fourth floor of the terrace, the scaffolding on which they were balancing themselves on, broke, leading to their deaths.

Police are yet to make any arrest in the case as Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) BK Singh said the case is “still under investigation and police are still trying to ascertain whose negligence resulted in the deaths”.

Bardoli had been working at different construction sites as he was saving money for his marriage, next June. Just minutes before he fell to his death, his mother, who was also at the site, had suggested him what to wear at the ceremony.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Bhurania Ahirwar, Bardoli’s mother said, “I was handling the pulley on the ground floor, and saw my son fall. I could not help him, and had to, instead run for shelter. When I finally ran towards him, I saw his arms and legs were twisted. He was breathing, but never opened his eyes,” she said.

After their postmortem was conducted, and the Investigating Officer took down their statements, they finally returned with the bodies to Chattarpur. “Everyone started crying when they saw the bodies. Everyone kept looking at Borelal’s three children. His daughter finally understood that her father had died. She was sobbing in her mother’s lap,” said Pintu Ahirwar.

As the funeral was underway, Bardoli’s fiancé had arrived.

“She was sad about the entire incident but she did tell us that she would move on. She told Bardoli’s mother that even though she would have to move on, she would keep loving Bardoli the way she did,” Ahirwar said.

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