They had gone to deliver tiffin to their ailing mother, a diabetic with heart and kidney ailment.

Mumbai : A motorcycle mishap claimed the lives of two young brothers when they lost control and rammed into a lamppost near Hanging Garden shortly after midnight on Sunday.

The duo was returning from Elizabeth Hospital at Malabar Hill where they had gone to deliver a tiffin box to their ailing mother, a diabetic with heart and kidney ailment.

 According to the Malabar Hill police, Himmat Chauhan, 23 and his brother Umesh, 21, had been to the hospital at around 11 p.m. Says Vinay Bagade, senior police inspector of Malabar Hill police station, “The duo were returning to their home at Tardeo when they lost control of their Pulsar motorbike near Slope Garden. The road has a steep slope and they rammed into an electric pole. They sustained grievous injuries on their head and died at the spot around 1:30 am.”

The police said the duo was not drunk. The family of the deceased was in a state of shock. Jyoti, sister of the deceased, said, “My mother, Manjula, has been undergoing treatment for severe diabetes for couple of years and was hospitalised 15 days ago. My husband and I had been with them at the hospital. I never thought that it would be my last meeting with my brothers.”

Before receiving the phone call from the police, Jyoti got a call from Himmat’s number at 1 am. “But I did not hear anything from the other side, so I thought my brother had called me by mistake. But after 20 minutes a police officer called me who informed us that there has been an accident and my brother has been rushed to Nair hospital”, said Jyoti.

Anju Rathod, Chauhan’s neighbour, added, “Manjula has been ill for long; her husband Khimji is a cancer patient who lost his voice two years back. The family was somehow managing to raise money for their treatment; and now the loss of their young sons has left them shattered.”

The deceased stayed with their parents in the Shiv Nagar slum at Tulsiwadi area in Tardeo. The duo has two sisters, who are married and stay nearby.  Manjula was employed with the BMC as a sweeper whereas Himmat was a contract worker in the municipal corporation. Umesh used to take care of Manjula and was preparing to take HSC exams privately.

Zeeshan Shaikh

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