KOLKATA: Nine-year-old Arpita Gayen says she will never be able to forget the night she saw her father, visibly dead, floating in the water near their home, but no one from her family — mother and uncles standing at a distance, holding her hand tightly and crying for help — stepping forward to pull him out.
“I don’t know if I will ever be able to make my daughter understand why none of us could go near her father’s body,” said Aparna Gayen, the widow of Pintu Gayen, who was electrocuted while wading through a waterlogged road near his home in Behala on Wednesday.
Pintu, 37, was among the 19 casualties caused by cyclone Amphan in Kolkata, 11 of whom were electrocuted, and whose bodies were found floating on the city’s waterlogged streets. Pintu last spoke to Aparna at 9pm on Wednesday when he left his office in with three of his colleagues. He was leading the group, walking through the waterlogged road, when he fell down in the water and began screaming for help. But no one dared to pull him out. “He was lying there till midnight. No one was allowed to pull him out. The CESC staff came after repeated complaints. After disconnecting live wires from three fallen electric poles, we could finally bring him out. He was long dead by then,” Aparna said.