Families in Pimpri await relatives’ return from U’khand
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Even as the rescue work in flood-hit Uttarakhand nears its end, three families in Pimpri-Chinchwad and one inTalegaon still await the safe return of their loved ones who have gone missing following the natural disaster.
Among those missing are three couples — two from Chinchwad and one from Sangvi.
Their relatives believe they must have lost their way in the hills and are confident about their safe return. Dhananjay Pawar (60) and his wife Bhagyshree (52) of Tanaji Nagar, Chinchwad, had gone to "char dham" along with two of their relatives who are missing as well. Mukund Vedpath (59) and his wife Anita (59), also from Pimpri, are missing too.
"On the evening of June 15, my father had called up from Kedarnath. He said they were close to the temple precincts and that it was raining, but not heavily. That was the last time I heard from them," said Dhananjay's daughter Trupti. She has uploaded the pictures of her parents and relatives on Facebook.
Abhijit Tak's parents Eknath and Sunita from Sanghvi were left stranded in a bus for two hours on June 15, a day before the tragedy. "I spoke to my father that day and since then there has been no contact." Abhijit went to Uttarakhand to look for his parents but "was not allowed to go beyond a certain point".
In Talegaon, relatives of one Pawar family are hopeful of its return. Vasant Tukaram Pawar (50), his Urmila, their daughter Pallavi (20) and a relative Vasanti Vaikar had travelled to Uttarakhand in a group of nine people. "The group had rented a room together. Minutes after they vacated the room on June 17, it was swept away in the foods," said Arjun Survase.
He said the group had decided to return but could not after one Ganesh Pawar's son complained of chest pain.