When the Himalayan Bridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Station began to wobble dangerously on Thursday evening, Zahid Khan & # 39; s first instinct was to push his father Siraj, who was behind him, away. That pressure on the chest saved the 60-year-old who watched with horror as his son fell to death, crushed by the cement plates of the foot over the bridge. Thirty-two-year-old Zahid was one of the six to die. At least 31 others were injured.
On Friday, at Maitri Apartments in Ghatkopar West, neighbor Maksood Khan of Siraj said: "If Zahid had not expelled his father, he would have died. He survived because the plates that fell were in front of him."
With his back heavily tied, Siraj was inconsolable when he returned home after letting his son rest. Relatives said more than 300 people from Ghatkopar attended the funeral.
Zahid leaves behind his parents, a younger brother, wife and two daughters, one at the age of six and the other just eight months. "Hamare ghar ka chirag bujh gaya hai (the light has disappeared from our lives), & said a cousin.
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With his back and chest injured, Siraj was admitted to St. George Hospital, but he could not bear the thought of not being with his son on his last trip. "Hopefully he will return to the hospital now. He can't even sit properly and it looks like he has suffered fractures," Maksood said.
The father and son duo had a shop that sold belts outside the Ghatkopar train station. Siraj had moved from Prayagraj to Mumbai almost 40 years ago and set up a stall on the road. The family initially lived in Nitya Nagar in Ghatkopar West before Siraj saved enough to buy the apartment where they now live – their home for the last eight years.
& # 39; Zahid was a simple, uncomplicated boy. He would work with his father after offering prayers in the morning, and & # 39; return in the evening, "Maksood said.
Twice a month they went to Crawford Market to order belts and return to the store at lunchtime. "I don't know what happened yesterday that made them go to the market in the evening," Maksood said.