"Eyewitnesses told us they saw a man fall into the manhole". His body was recovered in a drain near the seashore at Worli on Thursday morning.
Pallavi Godbole, Doctor's niece told the media, "He asked the driver to take the auto home and made a decision to walk since he thought it will take less time".
Deepak Amarapurkar worked as a senior gastroenterologist at Bombay Hospital and was well known in the city.
Just before he disappeared into the manhole, he had called his wife Anjali Amarapurkar, a pathologist, saying he would reach home in five to 10 minutes. His umbrella was found near India Bulls in Lower Parel, giving rise to suspicions that the doctor may have fallen down a manhole. Some of us told him to wait till things got better, but may be he thought things were settling down and left.
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), police and divers launched a search operation through Tuesday night to locate Dr. Deepak but were not able to find him.
Untraceable since he left for home in his vehicle from Bombay Hospital, Amarapurkar had accidentally fallen into the manhole on a flooded road barely a kilometer from his residence in Prabhadevi. Four people were killed in Thane, another four died in Palghar in the backdrop of incessant rains.
Dr Amrapurkar was missing since from the Prabhadevi area of central Mumbai from Tuesday, the day Mumbai recorded 325 mm rainfall in a span of 12 hours resulting in a deluge and disrupting the commercial capital. As interim measures, it seeks that grilled covers be placed on all open manholes.