22-year-old Sanjith, one of the victims of the Jeedimetla fire accident in Hyderabad succumbed to his injuries early on Friday after battling for life for 16 days. The death toll from the February 23 fire now climbs to four.
A fire had broken out in the Seutic Pharma Private Limited, a pharmaceutical company in Jeedimetla. One of the reactors of the company exploded and gutted the entire factory, which then spread to the factory next to it. Three were killed and four others including Sanjith, were injured in the accident.
Sanjith hails from Fatehpur, a small village in Vaishali, Bihar. He comes from a poor family and was working as a lorry cleaner, earning meagre salary. On the fateful day he came along with the driver to unload materials to the factory.
Sanjith is survived by his wife Preeti Kumari, who has been hospitalized after learning about her husbandâ€™s death. He was treated in Apollo Hospitals, Kanchangabagh.
Family members of Sanjithâ€”his mother, Sudhamya Devi and father, Dev Narayan also fell ill, after learning about the incident, said Jai Prakash, a relative of Sanjith.
Sanjith could see his wife only once after his marriage ten months ago, mourned Prakash.
Jai Prakash, Sanjithâ€™s brother-in-law and his younger brother were taking care of Sanjith, when he was being treated. â€śDue to poor finances, his family members couldnâ€™t visit Hyderabad and take care of him. Now he has died, we donâ€™t know what to do,â€ť grieved Prakash.
Sanjithâ€™s relatives who were worried whether they should take the body back to his native place, decided that they will cremate the body in the city itself.
â€śIt is too difficult now. It is sad that his parents and his wife couldnâ€™t even see his face. That is the reason they fell ill and are hospitalized,â€ť he told TNM.
Prakash said that Sanjithâ€™s parents lost their second son in quick succession. He said that Sanjithâ€™s elder brother died two years ago after falling ill.