Updated: September 7, 2020 8:39:49 pm
The Director of the electronics retail chain Kohinoor Electronics was crushed to death under an elevator in a Worli building on Sunday.
The deceased, Vishal Mewani (46), had gone to Buena vista building on Sir Pochkhanwalla road in Worli to visit a doctor as he was suffering from a toothache.
The police said that an elevator with a wooden door had been installed less than a decade ago in the 97-year-old two-storey building as many senior citizens live there.
“The deceased pressed the button to go to the second floor and wrenched the door open assuming that the elevator was on the ground floor. The door was not easy to open but the deceased had used a lot of force,” said Sukhlal Varpe, senior inspector, Worli police station.
Upon stepping inside, Mewani realised the elevator car was not on the ground floor. Mewani was trapped as the door was shut behind him and did not open. “The watchman who had let Mewani inside the building was at the back drinking water. He did not immediately hear Mewani shouting and banging on the door,” said Varpe.
He added that the watchman rushed to the elevator and tried to pull open the door but did not succeed. “The deceased was crushed when the elevator descended to the ground floor,” said Varpe.
The building’s residents rushed Mewani to Breach Candy Hospital, where he died soon after admission, police said. A case of accidental death has been registered at Worli police station.
Varpe said that the police would speak to the company which installed the elevator to understand what went wrong. “The elevator shaft is level with the ground floor. There is glass mounted on the rear wall of the shaft. This may have given the deceased the impression that the elevator was on the ground floor,” he added.
Mewani lived with his family on Pedder Road.
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