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Infant daughter will never get to see her father

New Delhi: The eight-month-old infant daughter will never get to see her father, who died in the sewer death incident on Sunday in West Delhi's Moti Nagar area. The incident also raised a question on the survival of five families as the deceased were the sole breadwinners for their respective family.

Talking to Millennium Post, Santosh Kumar, cousin of Umesh (deceased in sewer death) stated that his daughter was born eight months ago and the father had planned to meet her on this Diwali. "When the girl was born he was very happy. He had the plan that after Diwali he will shift his family from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. He wanted to give her daughter a proper education but she will never see her father," said Kumar. Umesh used to work as a housekeeping staff in Delhi.

Pankaj, another deceased in the case, has the same story as Umesh, his three-month-old child will also never get the love of a father. "Last time Pankaj visited his hometown on April this year after which his child was born but before he could see his newborn baby he passed away in this tragic incident. There is a never-ending wait for his child," said Krishna Yadav, Pankaj's relative, who was present at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital to take the body.

All the deceased families were present at the DDU mortuary and they had questions about how they will survive after the death of their breadwinners. Most of them among the deceased men's family lives in the rural part of different states and dependent on farming.

The family of another deceased, Sarfarz, was present at the hospital. His father Mohammad Ayub, who was sitting at the mortuary with eyes full of tears, is handicapped and for him, Sarfarz was working day and night.

Angad, brother of another deceased Vishal, said that at the last time when he was taken out from the sewer he told his friend that there is a pain in his chest and in the head as well. "When I came to know about the incident I did not tell my family and rushed to the hospital. When I was on the way I came to know that my brother is no more," said Angad with numb eyes.

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