A tragic incident has happened in Kolkata when an 87-year-old man in home isolation died after he fell 40ft below while attempting to climb down from the balcony of his third-floor Hazra Road apartment on Wednesday morning.
The incident took place around 9.30am at the G+5 Siddharth Apartment where Nagin das Zavery lived with his son and his family in a 1,600 sqft flat on the third floor.
According to the witnesses the man had thrown cushions, mats and mattresses on the ground from above, which were removed by employees of a car showroom who thought the man had thrown the stuff due to some rage it also blocked their entrance.
Sometime later, the man made a rope out of clothes and bed sheets and tried to climb down the balcony. He lost his grip and landed on a car before he fell on the ground and smashed his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
The man’s son said his father never wanted to stay in isolation and always looked for opportunities to head out, which they had stopped allowing since the son became Covid positive.
The building’s security guard, Sheikh Farukh, said barely two hours before the incident, the man had gone out of the building. “He said he was feeling claustrophobic at home and was heading to a salon for a haircut. He was back by 8.30am and was having difficulty even walking till the lift. I helped him till his flat,” said Farukh.
According to neighbours, the elderly man was known for his short temper. Guards said he often used to pick up fights over trivial issues, seldom used to wear a mask and used to throw away sanitizers whenever guards insisted on applying it.
Since the entire family in quarantine, neither the son nor his wife could take him to the hospital. Locals, along with cops, took him to the hospital.Even cops couldn’t question the family properly to proceed with the investigation as they couldn’t risk entering the flat. The cops asked some questions from outside the flat and spoke in detail over the phone.