Forty-year-old Mansingh Lamsar,who worked as a watchman at Piyush Cooperative Housing Society in Dahisar (East) for the last two years,was inconsolable as the bodies of his daughter,wife and brother-in-law were pulled out of the debris of the fallen dilapidated structure Saturday.
Lamsars family had come to Mumbai from Nepal for a visit 23 days ago. They had been staying with him on the premises.
Society members had told me that the building could fall any time but I asked my family to stay with me until I found another place to put them up. I did not take the societys permission, said Mansingh.
Lamsar was in a building opposite Piyush society after his night shift when the incident occurred.
I heard a loud crashing sound. The entire building had turned into a pile of debris and smoke. I rushed to see if my family was safe,but all that remained was rubble. I heard people scream for help but could not find my family members, said Mansingh.
The body of Lamsars eight-year-old daughter Bhagmati was pulled out of the debris first and sent to Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali (West). The bodies of his wife Nandkala and brother-in-law Lalsingh were found seven hours after the collapse.
Locals said vegetable vendors were using most of the units or galas on the ground floor of the evacuated building as godowns.
Many vendors stayed at the galas at night to unload the truck that came with supplies every morning.
Locals alleged that owners of polishing units had rented out these galas to vegetable vendors despite knowing the building was termed dangerous.