Mumbai: Woman falls into open manhole, alert man's quick action saves her
Two months after top doctor Deepak Amarapurkar's death, an open manhole in Mulund almost claims another life
It killed renowned gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, but the authorities haven't learnt their lesson. We are talking about open manholes, which sucked in a woman at Mulund last morning. Around 6.15 am, Mulund resident Neelima Puranik, a singer, fell into an open manhole in Bhakti Marg, Mulund, while on her way back home from a temple.
A real estate agent who visited the Ganesh temple Neelima went to daily, Gopal Maradiar, told mid-day, "We met every day in the temple. She would come there sharp at 6 am and leave after 10-15 minutes."
"In fact, on Tuesday, on my way to the temple, I saw the manhole open on Bhakti Marg. Its cover was missing. Around 6.15 am, I heard that someone had fallen in. So I rushed to the spot and saw that it was her inside," he added.
Policemen at the incident spot in Mulund
Maradiar hurriedly called up the local police as well as the fire brigade for help. "Around 20 minutes later, authorities reached the spot and got her out with the help of a ladder, after which she was taken to a hospital. She sustained quite a few injuries," he said.
The manhole later covered by a fibre-reinforced plastic cover, temporarily. Pics/Rajesh Gupta
According to a few locals, Neelima fell nearly 10 feet inside, which was too deep for anyone to be able to pull themselves out.
Senior inspector at Mulund police station Shripad Kale said, "We rescued her with the help of the fire brigade. She was taken to Veer Savarkar Hospital for treatment."
"We have received several complaints from BMC and locals about manhole covers being stolen. We have asked our team to investigate and also increased patrolling to curb such thefts," he added.
Assistant commissioner of T ward Kishor Gandhi said, "We have lodged a complaint with the police regarding today's incident as it happened due to the manhole cover being stolen. Such incidents have increased in the last one month - 40 to 50 covers have gone missing. We have informed the police."
When contacted, Neelima's son Nikhil said resignedly, "We don't want to pursue this. There is no point... the incident is not going to affect anyone and there won't be any change in the system. Hence, I don't wish to talk about it."
Number of manhole covers stolen in a month, as per BMC
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