Fireman's family finally claims body

Fireman's family finally claims body

The family of deceased fireman Nitin Ivalekar, who had refused to take possession of his body until their demands for adequate compensation and a government job were met, relented after getting a firm assurance in this regard from civic officials on Saturday.

Ivalekar died on Friday after being trapped on the rooftop of Lotus Business Park, a 22-storey commercial building in suburb Andheri where a massive blaze broke out, while taking part in fire fighting operation.

According to fire brigade officials, the 35-year-old civic employee’s wife, Shubhangir, had refused to take his body for last rites till 2 pm even after respects were paid to him at the Byculla fire station at 9 am.

“The family members of Nitin were asking for Rs 50 lakh compensation but we explained to them that giving such a huge amount is not possible. The maximum they can get is about Rs 30 lakh... However, the final amount will be arrived at only after valuation taking various factors into account,” Chief Fire Officer A N Varma said.

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