When 23-year-old Nasir left his home in West Delhi’s Vishnu Garden area, he had no inkling that he would never be able to see his wife again. It was the evening of their biggest festival, Eid. The house where Nasir and his 19-year-old wife Sadima lived wore a festive outlook.
But fate had something else in store. His wife died after the building collapsed onto an adjacent single-storey building. Rescuers found her body hanging in the adjacent house, sandwiched between two walls.
When Nasir heard about the cave-in, he rushed to the spot. He identified the body as that of his wife.
It was around 1 am in the morning and the rescue efforts continued.
At that time, two persons were confirmed dead, while eight others, including some children, were feared to be trapped in the rubble.
Personnel from the fire brigade, Delhi Police and NDRF were at the site and three JCBs machines were removing the debris.
Around 2 am, suddenly a group of people came rushing to the spot, including Nasir. He screamed, “Meri biwi ko wahan se utaro, nahi to main chad jaaonga. (Bring my wife’s body down, or else I will bring it on my own). People gathered and NDRF personnel intervened. After a brief discussion, the whole operation was stopped and NDRF personnel along with local residents decided to bring down Nasir’s wife.
Specialists were called in with different equipment and around 15 NDRF personnel gathered on the rooftop of the adjacent building to bring the body trapped between two walls.
The NDRF personnel, after a quick survey of the rooftop, started clearing the area near the body with a rotary rescue saw machine. On nearby rooftops, several people gathered to see the rescue efforts.
Around 2.45 am, a few personnel were sent in to get the body. The body was finally pulled out. It was put on a yellow stretcher and carried in a CATS ambulance. Nasir accompanied the body to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital.