A gully cricket match turned fatal on Saturday afternoon when five young boys were killed after a compound wall of Sewri's Jubilee Mill collapsed, trapping all of them
A game of gully cricket on a rainy Saturday afternoon proved fatal for five children, who died after a boundary wall of Jubilee Mill collapsed on them.
The wall collapsed at around 2.30 pm, trapping the children underneath. "We rushed to the spot after a child came running to us, screaming that a wall had collapsed.
A victim's brother grieves his death. Firemen and residents at the site where five boys were killed in a wall collapse at Jubilee Mill, Sewri on Saturday. A victim's body is hauled out of the debris by rescuers
We began removing the debris that had piled up and discovered the bodies of the children," said Sewri-resident Ahmed Aziz Shaikh.
The rescue team that arrived in four fire engines, three ambulances and one rescue van, reached the spot at around 2.40 pm.
Sayed Ali Shaha, 11, Mohammad Noor Mohammad Shah, 18, Gulam Khan, 12, and Adnan Hasan Chaudhari, 12, were declared dead on arrival at KEM hospital in Parel.
"We reached the spot 15 minutes after the wall collapsed and found nine kids trapped under the debris. Four kids were rescued and another four died on the way to hospital," said an official from the fire brigade.
Saufiq Shaikh, 17, reached the hospital alive at 3.50 pm. However, he succumbed to his injuries within minutes of admission.
"It's an unfortunate incident; all the five children had multiple external and internal injuries.
The cause of death will be ascertained only after the post mortem report is received," said Dr Sanjay Oak, Dean of KEM hospital.
"I come here everyday to play cricket with my brother and friends.
I had gone to fetch the ball and my brother was sitting near the wall. When I came back, I saw the bricks in the wall tumble. I ran. But the collapse took my brother away," said Shoaib Khan, about the incident.
A case of accidental death has been registered at the Kala Chowki police station, and the police are investigating the matter.
Whose wall is it? The residents allege the Mill is over 100 years old and belongs to RM Bhattad Builders.
"The mill is very old, and had weakened due to heavy rains. The collapse is the result of negligence on the part of the BMC," said Wasim Shaikh, a resident.
BR Bhattad of Bhattad Builders said, "We had handed over that piece of land (where the wall collapsed) to MHADA in April 2011.
While we regret the incident, we have no connection with that part of the land and it was MHADA's responsibility to prevent trespassing."