Baramati mourns its residents’ death in Mantralaya fire (With images)June 22nd, 2012 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Baramati, a small town of Pune district Friday fell into a deep glum as it mourned the death of two residents - Umesh Potekar and Mahesh Gogle - who were killed in the fire that gutted four floors of the state secretariat here.
Potekar and Gogle had come to Mumbai Wednesday to meet Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. However, when they could not meet him Wednesday, they extended their stay and met Pawar Thursday, a Baramati resident told reporters.
Potekar was the director of Baramati Co-operative Bank, while Gogle was the vice president of Baramati Merchants’ Association. Both were childhood friends and close to the Pawar family.
“The entire town has observed a voluntary shutdown to express their solidarity to the families of those killed in the Mantralaya fire. Both Potekar and Gogle were respectable people of the town and their deaths are a loss for us,” a member of Baramati Merchants’ Association said.
The third victim, Shivaji Korde, was the vice president of NCP Akola unit. He had also met Ajit Pawar Thursday. However, an asthamatic Korde could not escape fire as he tried brave the flames and the smoke, but fell unconscious and eventually died.
Korde’s body was also brought to the district headquarters of Akola and cremated there.
The identities of two other victims remained unclear as their bodies were charred beyond recognition. However, officials said that they are likely to be those of Mohan More and Tukaram More, both chowkidars (watchmen) in the Chief Minister’s office at the secretariat. Their bodies were recovered outside the chief minister’s chamber on the sixth floor.
They had gone missing since the fire engulfed the sixth floor. Their bodies will be handed over to their respective families after they are identified.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan Friday expressed grief over the loss of life in the devastating fire. He also expressed confidence that the state government would resume the normal business of government at the earliest.
“My heart goes out to the victims of the devastating fire that engulfed three stories in Mantralaya and their families yesterday. The damage caused by the fire is immeasurable, but I have no doubt in my mind that the State Government will resume its normal business of the government at the earliest,” Sankaranarayanan said.
- Mantralaya resumes work after four days - Jun 25, 2012
- Two dead in Mantralaya fire - Jun 22, 2012
- Mantralaya fire continues second day - Jun 22, 2012
- Chavan takes stock of Mantralaya fire - Jun 22, 2012
- A day after fire, Mantralaya staffers kept out - Jun 22, 2012
- Mantralaya fire toll rises to five (Second Lead) - Jun 22, 2012
- Low key I-Day celebrations in Maharashtra - Aug 15, 2012
- Chavan reviews situation after Mantralaya blaze - Jun 21, 2012
- Dozens trapped in burning Mantralaya, navy called (Lead) - Jun 21, 2012
- Mantralaya fire: toll climbs to three (Lead) - Jun 22, 2012
- Mantralaya to be functional in three months, says Bhujbal (Lead) - Jun 23, 2012
- Chavan, Bhujbal inspect fire-ravaged Mantralaya - Jun 23, 2012
- Massive fire at Maharashtra Mantralaya - Jun 21, 2012
- Prithviraj Chavan to stake claim - Nov 10, 2010
- Two killed, 16 injured in Mantralaya fire (Intro Night Lead) (With images) - Jun 22, 2012
Tags: ajit pawar, childhood friends, co operative bank, deaths, deputy chief minister, district headquarters, flames, gogle, governor of maharashtra, grief, mahesh, merchants association, mohan, pune district, sankaranarayanan, secretariat, sixth floor, solidarity, state secretariat, watchmen