The entire Keshabbati village in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district plunged into mourning on Monday after the news of 18-year-old Habibul Sheikh’s death in the Morbi bridge collapse became public.
Habibul dropped out of school after class 10 due to financial difficulties and was working as a goldsmith in Morbi for the last 10 months. He lived with his uncle.
He was one of the visitors to the suspension bridge on Machchu River on Sunday evening when the bridge collapsed. Habibul’s father, a daily wager, said his son had gone to Gujarat to earn money for the family. “We had hoped for a better life with our son’s earnings. But all our dreams are shattered now,” he said.
Habibul’s body is likely to be brought to the village on Tuesday. Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that the local police have visited Habibul’s house and the state government was providing full cooperation to the family.