Humanity has many different ways of showing itself. Recently, it was seen in the selfless and extremely kind act of a 60-year-old man from Thane who lost his life trying to save his cat, when the building they lived in, collapsed.
In a tragic accident, Krishna Niwas, a three-storey building in Thane collapsed on Tuesday. 12 people lost their lives in the incident and many were injured. This happened at around 2:30 am when the residents were asleep.
Panic struck and while people were hurrying to save their own lives, there was a 60-year-old man who was trying to protect his cat from the mishap. He lost his life, but did not let his pet suffer.
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Madhav Ramchandra Barve’s lifeless body was found in the debris of the building by a team from National Disaster Response Force, about 4 hours after the collapse. And there, safely cuddled in his arms, was his beloved cat. The 2-year-old female cat was injured and was taken to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) hospital in Thane.
“As we removed the debris looking for trapped people under it, we saw legs and started clearing the rubble to rescue the person. It was an old man holding a cat in his arms. The feline was alive but the man was motionless,” said an NDRF official to Mumbai Mirror.
As per reports, Madhav liked keeping pets. He had been living alone since the past few years. His wife and son work out of station and will be reaching Mumbai soon. Because of the death of her owner, the cat will be handed over to an NGO.
Madhav Ramchandra Barve is a symbol of kindness and empathy. May his soul rest in peace.