More than 32 hours after the building collapse at Dockyard Road (East), and close to an eight-hour ordeal of rescue operation, Chandrashekar Jadhav (45) was rescued from the rubble.
At around 7 am on Saturday, rescue workers found Jadhav but what deterred them from rescuing him was a slab from the debris of the building that had fallen on his leg, pinning him down. The rescue workers immediately got to work and freed Jadhav around 3 pm. At present, he is in the Critical Care Unit at the state run JJ Hospital.
Immediately after being rescued, Jadhav was rushed to JJ Hospital for medical attention, where it was found that he had a badly injured left leg and severe lacerations on his right arm. Jadhav’s relatives said that he was fully conscious and had been even asking for water to drink, whenever he needed it.
Jadhav is employed with the market department of the BMC and was assigned to a market in Goregaon. He has been living with his wife Chitra (39), son Sanket (24) and daughters Pallavi (21) and Mansi (20) on the third floor of the building since the past 10 years. So far, only Mansi’s dead body has been recovered from the building. The body of his wife and his two other children are yet to be found.
His brother Prashant Jadhav said, “So far we have not told him that one of his daughters is dead while the rest of his family is still missing. Whenever he questions us about them, we ask him not to worry and tell him that his family will be alright soon.”