While many parts of the KEM Hospital were lit up and rangoli patterns were made to celebrate Dussehra on Saturday, Dharmendra Patel (20), a resident of Sion Koliwada secretly wished to be in his hometown to celebrate the festival with his brother and parents in Uttar Pradesh.
However, Patel only prayed for his younger brother, Jeetendra’s speedy recovery as his parents are unaware that he was one of the 61 causalities who were severely of the Friday’s stampede in Elphinstone.
Jeetendra is admitted to the orthopaedic ward of the hospital and has a fracture in leg.
“I am here with Jeet. They (parents) are far away from us. I didn’t want to bother them. They will be worried and won’t be able to reach here,” said Dharmendra.
Jeetendra works in the Dadar area. Every day he has to cross the bridge of Elphinstone station to reach his workplace. After getting to know about the incident, Dharmendra rushed to KEM hospital despite not getting any call from the administration.
“I knew that Jeetendra travels through this route. I tried to reach him but his phone was unavailable. So I rushed to KEM hospital and then got to know that he was severely injured,” Dharmendra informed.
The Patel’s belong to Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh, an area where Dusshera is celebrated with much enthusiasm.
“In our village, we used to go to watch Ramleela and Dusshera was celebrated by Ravan Dahan. But now, we have to be in the hospital on Dusshera,” said Dharmendra who brought sweets for his brother. “I made him eat sweets this morning. He had very little,” added Dharmendra