No compensation from authorities for Mumbai municipal sweeper paralysed in tree fall accident

Fifteen days after he was paralysed in a tree fall accident that fractured his spine, Laxminarayan Bashirabad, a Mumbai civic sweeper, has been forced to stop treatment as his family has run short of finances to continue his treatment.

In June this year, Bashirabad, a sweeper, was sitting with his friends when a tree trunk fell on him. Doctors said he had become paraplegic, with no nerve sensations from the waist-down, along with multiple fractures in chest, hands and legs.

His family has so far spent Rs six lakh on his treatment. The municipal sweeper earned Rs 4,000 a month. The family has reached out to many departments for compensation but so far has not received any help.

Bashirabad needs a hand surgery to insert a rod along with fractured bone. The hospital has given an estimate of another Rs five lakhs but the family has decided to wait until it has the money.

According to municipal authorities, a compensation of Rs 50,000 to injured and Rs one lakh to the family of those who are killed is provided in tree fall cases. However, Bashirabad's is family alleges that while municipal officials visited his father in hospital, they did not tell the family about any compensation.

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