“He was my sole hope. I was living for him,” cried Madhuri Shilvant, Ayush’s mother.
According to Shilwant family, Madhuri was deserted by her husband and in-laws long back and therefore was staying with her brother Gautam Shilvant (55) and his wife Poornima Shilwant (45) who also died along with her brother Vishal Shilvant (27).
“Madhuri’s husband had deserted her long back as she had lodged a complaint against him for domestic violence,” said Mohan Shilvant, Madhuri’s uncle.
After being deserted, she moved on with her life and took up the job as a domestic servant at Vikhroli.
After the fire broke out, Madhuri did not know about it until early Monday morning. “She came to know about it from the TV news and that also when her boss pointed out to her that it might be her own building. As she arrived at the spot and found that all her family members died of fire, she had been inconsolable,” said Bubbhaneshwar Shilvant, another uncle.
They also said that Madhuri and her deceased sister-in-law, Poornima Shilwant, were the sole breadwinners of the family.
Madhuri’s nephew, Vikas Shilwant (23), who was sleeping in the passage of their home on the seventh floor of the building along with his friend Siddhesh Patkar (21), has also sustained burns. Vikas is happy that Rahul has survived and is lying next to him. He is unaware that his family members are no more.
Like Vikas, other injured are also happy for their survival though sad at the loss of material and money.
“We had just bought the television during Diwali. It’s all over. We will again have to start from the scratch and bring together everything one by one. This fire has pulled us back up to 15 years,” said Vanita Ambole, who resides on the seventh floor.