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Tunnel Worker’s Father Dies Hours Before Rescue

RanchiA 70-year-old man from Jharkhand, Baset alias Barsa Murmu, reportedly succumbed to anxiety just hours before his son, Bhaktu, was rescued from the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand.

Trapped in the tunnel’s collapse, Bhaktu and 40 other workers were evacuated on Tuesday night. Murmu, a resident of Bahda village, had been distressed since learning about the tunnel collapse on November 12. He passed away at 8 am on Tuesday, approximately 12 hours before Bhaktu’s rescue.

Local officials have not confirmed the cause of death, but it is suspected to be a heart attack. Murmu’s family described his anxious wait for information about his son’s rescue, and his mother, Piti Murmu, has been in shock since then.

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Despite the family’s account, authorities are yet to determine the exact cause of Murmu’s death. Bhaktu and others from Jharkhand are now recovering at AIIMS Rishikesh after reaching there for a health check-up on Wednesday around 2 pm.


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