At Sassoon General Hospitals morgue,the silence was deafening as Ravindra Gaikwad tried to come to terms with the number of kin he lost. I could not attend the wedding in Ghatkopar but I sent my entire family and lost all of them, said Gaikwad as he waited at the morgue to claim the dead bodies.
Gaikwad,a Chandannagar resident who works as private bus driver,lost his 45-year-old wife Kalavati,24-year-old daughter Reshma Sonawane and his two grandchildren six-year-old Om and Swapnil.
I got a call early this morning about the accident and rushed to Sassoon,where they had sent the body of Om. He was studying in an English medium school, Gaikwad said as he found a place to sit near the morgue and waited till the post-mortem was over. Reshma is survived by husband Deepak Sonawane.
Dr D G Kulkarni,medical superintendent at Sassoon General Hospital said bodies of 12-year-old Pooja Anil Shinde,Om and 42-year-old Mangal Gaikwad were sent to the hospitals morgue for post-mortem. While Abhijit Pawar and Laxmi Kamble were treated at the hospitals OPD,48-year-old Shashikala Pathare,who suffered a head injury,was shifted from the Panvel hospital and admitted to Sassoon later in the day.
Kalavatis relative,Kamal from Pimpri,said his three sisters died in the accident. Kalawati,Nilawati and Mangal from Chandannagar and Yerawada were excited about the wedding. Vacations are still on and children were thrilled at the prospect of travel,the relatives said.