A 30-year-old housewife, Sabana Banu finally lost her battle for life after struggling for nearly 20 hours. Banu, a resident of Zakaria Street in Kolkata had been caught under the debris since the accident took place. The rescue team extricated the body of the woman from under the concrete chunks around 6 am on Friday. She was taken to the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where she was pronounced brought dead by the doctors.
Her body was swollen and completely disfigured in such a way that her family members had faced difficulties in identifying the body. Her family members passed the spot of the accident Thursday night and tried to locate the area where Banu was trapped. The dead body was removed by the rescue team and sent to the CMCH. Her relatives had faced difficulties in identifying the body.
Though they finally identified the victim by an ornament she was wearing in her leg. Hena Farooqi, victim’s sister-in-law said that Banu had left her house at around 12.05 pm to bring her elder son Abdul Mukit from Nopani High School in Burrabazar area where he is a student of class II. Banu had called up her family members from her mobile phone after being caught under the debris.
“She was screaming for help when she contacted her husband Siraj Farooqi and told him that she got trapped under the concrete chunks. Her call suddenly got disconnected. Within few minutes we called her up but her phone was switched off. We rushed to the spot but were clueless about the exact spot where she had been trapped,” Hena said.
She also said: “We did not even know whether Banu’s little boy was also caught under the debris as we did not have slightest clue if the accident took place while going to school or at the time of her return. Finally we came to know that the accident took place when she was going to bring her son from school.”
Another body of a truck helper was recovered from the spot whose identity is yet to be divulged by the police. It was believed that the victim aged between 42-45 was a helper of a truck that was crushed under concrete chunks.