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Family unable to bear the enormity of loss

Koganti Rambabu had a final conversation with his wife about celebrating their daughter’s marriage in a grand manner, just minutes before the tragedy

Published: 16th March 2017 01:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2017 06:32 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: Koganti Rambabu (48), a contract employee at the pumping station in Bhavanipuram, hurriedly got ready to leave home. When his wife Madhavi reminded him about the need to start the preparations for the wedding of their daughter Gayatri, he promised to discuss it immediately after he returns from work.

“He told us that his boss called him on an urgent work, but did not specify on which work or who exactly called him. He promised to come home early and discuss about the wedding plan,” recalled Madhavi, fighting tears in her eyes. Rambabu was asked by the superior authorities to assist the sanitation workers, despite the fact that he had no experience in manual scavenging and he was only a pump operator at the pumping station. He got down into the manhole only to find out the condition of a sanitation worker Venkateswarlu who cried for help after getting into the sewer.

According to the family members, Rambabu is an optimist and wanted his children to study well. While his son Vijaychand completed BSc Computers, his daughter Gayatri completed MSc Computers. Both his children were attending various competitive examinations to fulfil their father’s dream. Recently, Rambabu fixed his daughter’s wedding which was scheduled to be held on April 12.

“He wanted to celebrate the wedding in a grand manner. Though he was earning a small salary, he never let us know about his troubles. He was a positive person and never hurt anyone. We wanted to ensure that he retires immediately after I get a job. We want justice from whoever is responsible for my father’s death,” Vijaychand said.

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