|2009-06-12||Death visits daughter at same spot|
Death visits daughter at same spot
Nimish Sawant | TNN | Jun 12, 2009, 06.52 AM IST
MUMBAI:In a cruel twist of fate, six years after her parents died in the 2003 twin blasts at Gateway of India, 19-year-old Rajashree D'souza was
killed at the same spot by a speeding dumper on Thursday. And like her mother Sakhi Yadav, Rajashree too was pregnant when killed.
"We take the 11:18 pm train back home to Ulhasnagar every day. But last night, Rajashree had to meet a friend. It got late, so we decided to sleep outside the garden for just that day,'' said a distraught Michael D'souza, Rajashree's husband of three-and-a-half years. Michael said Rajashree did odd jobs, mostly as a tourist guide, and was pretty well versed in English. Fatima bi, 90, said the place is jinxed: "First the twin blasts, then 26\11, and now this. God knows what more is in store for us Gateway dwellers.''
Altaf Ahmed Shaikh, 25, whose nine-month old son Rehan Altaf Shaikh got cuts on his left palm and foot, said, "I had just returned at around 1.20am after watching the cricket match. A dumper came from nowhere at very high speed. The driver took a sudden left turn, which caused it to jump a bit as it hit the divider.''
While Rehan got a few cuts, four-month old Nirjala Kale was not as lucky. She was the other victim who died in the accident.
|2009-06-12||Six years later, daughter of 2003 Gateway blast vi|
Six years later, daughter of 2003 Gateway blast victims meets fate in same areaPrashant Rangnekar , Prashant Rangnekar : Mumbai, Fri Jun 12 2009, 02:43 hrs
A story of loss followed by hope, brought to readers by The Indian Express, took a tragic turn early on Thursday morning when Rajeshri Michael D’Souza, born Rajeshri Yadav, was run over by a speeding truck in Colaba, not far from the spot where her parents, Hanumanta and Sakhi Yadav, had died in the Gateway of India bomb blast in August 2003.
The orphans of the Colaba flower sellers, captured on camera crying inconsolably while holding one another, had been the face of the Black Monday. Rajeshri, now aged 19, was the second of the five siblings. She was three months’ pregnant.
The truck ran over people sleeping on the pavement near the Gateway of India, killing two and injuring five. According to the Colaba police, the incident occurred around 1.35 am when the driver of the speeding dumper lost control and ran over a group of people sleeping on the footpath behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. The accident also claimed the life of four-month-old Nirjala Kale.
“It happened all of a sudden when a truck ran over us. The driver, in an attempt to control, applied the brakes. In the process, it turned 90 degrees and ran over Rajeshri’s chest, killing her instantly,” said husband Michael, who also suffered head injuries. The driver, Surendra Ayodhya Sahani (23), is in police custody.
The Gateway of India has been home to the Yadav family, otherwise residents of Ulhasnagar, for years. The kids used to accompany their parents to the Gateway where they would sell water, strings of flowers or gajras, balloons and small toys. “We grew up at the Gateway..ate, slept and had fun there,” said Savita, the eldest of Yadav’s children and the only one from the family at the St George Hospital to claim the body.
|2009-06-01||Now a nullah, waiting to be a river again|
Now a nullah, waiting to be a river againN Ganesh , N Ganesh : Mumbai, Mon Jun 01 2009, 01:48 hrs
In 1060, when King Mumwani built a Shiv Temple at Ambernath on the banks of the river Waldhuni, the stone steps of the intricately carved temple were washed by the clean waters of river Waldhuni, local historians say.
2009 tells a different story. On April 2, ten people had to be hospitalised after inhaling noxious fumes from the Waldhuni at Kalyan. Pollution control officers suspected the source could be a chemical tanker that may have washed its contents into the water.
In the years that have passed after the temple was built, the watercourse has been reduced to a polluted drain that now carries chemical waste spewed by the industries and untreated sewage expelled by the townships.
Locals now refer to Waldhuni as a nullah (open drain).
After the 2005 deluge, the state government had assured on the floor of the House that the Waldhuni would be cleaned and developed, in a project similar to the one for the Mithi river.
“Yes, we had taken a decision to revive small rivers such as Waldhuni. The project was in the initial stages till I was the chief minister. I have no idea what the status of the plan is right now,” said former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Rajendra Chowdhury, Shiv Sena pramukh of Ulhasnagar who has been vocal in his demand to revive the river, said, “Only the state has the funds to revive it. But nothing seems to be happening.”
According to Sena corporator from Kalyan, Rajendra Devlekar, after 2005, a committee and a sub-committee were formed, and a preliminary survey was conducted to identify flood levels in Waldhuni. Municipal Commissioner of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is the secretary of the committee chaired by the district collector for the Waldhuni river revival plan, which would basically be to prevent flooding.