Every morning, the plush locales of Peddar Road are swept clean by the staff of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Just like every morning, Laxmiben Makwana (56) and Prakash Parmar (52), two conservancy staffers with the civic body, had set out for work.
The two, who are neighbours, were on their way to August Kranti maidan, where they had signed the attendance register. After doing so, they headed towards Peddar Road on their two-wheeler, as they had been allotted the same place for the morning’s duty. The incident occurred around 6 am when an unidentified white car mowed them down near Villa Theresa School at Peddar Road. Laxmiben died on the spot.
Vijay Makwana, her 25-year-old son, said, “Till Tuesday night, everything was normal. I didn’t know it was to be my last dinner with my mother. Those people did not even bother to take my mother and my neighbour to the hospital. We have registered a police complaint and we hope that the police will do something. My mother always used to tell me to get up early, but I never listened to her. I wish I had woken up in the morning.”
The other employee, Prakash Parmar (52), suffered serious brain injuries and is currently admitted to Jaslok Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Doctors have kept him under observation, as there was severe loss of blood . According to the families, the two often travelled together as their shift and duty spots were the same. Both of them stayed at the staff quarters in Tulsiwadi, Tardeo.
Hansa Parmar, Prakash Parmar’s wife, said, “A neighbour called us up around 6.30 am and informed us about the tragedy. The doctors have told us that he is under observation and we are praying for him to get well soon. I have not spoken to him yet, as he was unconscious for a long time and was in the ICU.”
Dr Paresh Doshi, director, neurosurgery at the hospital, told MiD DAY, “An emergency operation was conducted on Prakash, as there were serious head injuries. He is still very critical, but the good thing is that he is not sinking - he is breathing properly.” A case was registered yesterday at the Gamdevi police station, under sections 279 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code, and 134 (a) (b) of Motor Vehicle Act against the driver of the white car.