‘The daughter got engaged two days ago’: How celebrations turned into grief for the family of the man killed in the Jokulpuri metro station accident | delhi news
Shivam Pandey, 22, is in an inconsolable state. Just a few days ago, his family was celebrating the happy occasion of his sister’s engagement. But on Thursday, their world came crashing down when they learned that the head of their family, 53-year-old Vinod Kumar Pandey, had been killed after an accident. Part of the wall fell at Jokulpuri metro station on him.
“My father was crossing the road like everyone else. He did not know that this would happen suddenly,” said Shivam, who, after receiving information about the accident, reached Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital in Dilshad Garden where he was informed about his father’s death.
“I met my father after I arrived at the hospital,” Shivam said while waiting to receive his father’s body.
Vinod, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony in nearby Karwal Nagar, was heading to work when the accident occurred at 11 am. He worked as a rice delivery agent, according to his family members.
Vinod, who hails from Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, has been working in a wholesale shop for years. He had returned from his hometown just two days ago after his youngest daughter’s engagement, and was busy preparing for her wedding scheduled for April.
He is survived by his wife and three children – two daughters and a son Shivam, who studied till Class XII. His eldest daughter is married and lives with her husband in Karwal Nagar here.
Vinod was riding a battery-powered motorcycle when “a whole block of metro wall fell on him,” said his elder brother-in-law, Vikas Mishra.
Shivam’s mother still lives in Sultanpur and has not been informed about the incident yet.
GTB Hospital officials said Vinod died while four other people injured in the accident are receiving treatment for leg injuries in the orthopedic department.
According to the police, the injured are out of danger. Two motorcycles and several scooters were damaged in the collapse.
Survivors said they were grateful they were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. One of them is 24-year-old Mohammed Tajer, who said his helmet was split into two parts. I lost consciousness for a while. After that, the PCR car came and took me inside. Tajer, who underwent a CT scan to assess the impact of the collapse on his head, said: “I regained consciousness after that and saw my broken helmet and my scooter lying on the road.”
The other survivors are Sandeep Kumar, Munu and Ajit, who sell chains and zippers near Gokulpuri and play drums at wedding ceremonies. They were passing by on a bike when they saw a huge piece of debris falling.
“We were on the bike on our way home after doing some household chores when suddenly a huge slab collapsed. When we saw it, we tried to dodge it and ended up crashing into the barrier,” said Ajit. Sandeep said he had difficulty sitting and standing, but was happy that the doctors They assured him that his health would gradually improve.
Ajit (21 years old) suffers from a fracture and will undergo surgery to implant an implant in his right leg.
Sandeep and Monu are residents of Gokulpuri while Ajit lives in Balram Nagar in Ghaziabad. The three are distant relatives.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ajit’s cousin, Deepak Kumar, said that he is the only earning member in the family and the accident will hamper his income.
Lying on a stretcher at GTB Hospital, Monu said that as soon as the accident happened, police officials from the nearby police station arrived and picked them up.
According to Sandeep, Munu was wearing a helmet while Ajit, who was sitting in the middle, was not wearing one.
But the helmet could not save Vinod’s life. “What can a helmet do if such a huge concrete slab falls on someone…” asked Shivam, surrounded by his loved ones trying to console him.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of the deceased. It also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for those seriously injured and Rs 1 lakh for those who received minor injuries
(tags for translation) Man killed in Gokulpuri Metro Station accident