Though it was meant to be a peaceful condolence meet organised by Abeda Inamdar College to pray for the souls of the students who died in the Murud beach tragedy, the scene after the condolence meet was far from quiet or peaceful.
Parents of some of the deceased students tried to corner college authorities over their alleged negligence and disrespect shown to the deceased. Parents alleged their complaints were not even being heard by college authorities and accused them of not even tendering an apology.
Narsimha Rao, a relative of deceased student Rajlaxmi Pandugayala, said when they tried to meet P A Inamdar, president of MCE society that runs the college, they were pushed out of the office.
Soon, Shakila Hussain Sayyad, mother of Farin Sayyad, joined in. “My daughter’s body was lying in the open. The faculty members had fled to Pune. If they took the students on their responsibility, why did I have to travel to Murud to get my daughter’s body. Shouldn’t they have brought it? By the time I reached Murud, my daughter’s body’s colour had changed. I touched her cheek to caress her and blood oozed on my hand from her nose and ear,” recalled the mother before breaking down.
Recalling the horror of giving the last bath before funeral to her daughter, Sayyad said blood was oozing from the stitches of the post-mortem, which she alleged was done very crudely.
The widow alleged she also paid the ambulance which brought her sole breadwinner daughter’s body to the city.
The announcement by the college management that it would support the educational expenses of any other students in the family of the deceased further enraged their relatives. “Are we beggars? I scrubbed utensils to educate my daughter. They didn’t give any scholarship and I don’t need their charity,” said Sayyad.
Meanwhile, heavy police deployment continued at the college campus Wednesday to prevent any untoward incident.
Kin demand award for boy who died saving friends
Family of deceased student Iftekar Abbasali Ansari, who had jumped in to save two lives but lost his own life, has demanded that he be given a bravery award. His maternal uncle Ejaaz Shaikh said his nephew should be given the bravery award so his sacrifice can be recognised and serves as an inspiration for others. “We have decided to recommend his name for the President’s bravery medal and we will do it by following all necessary procedures,” said P A Inamdar.