The gastroenterologist told his driver he would walk the rest of the distance home as it was a short journey.
Expressing deep concern and shock at the manner in which renowned Mumbai gastroenterologist of Bombay Hospital, Dr Deepak Amrapurkar, lost his life in the August 29 deluge, a PIL by traders wants police to register a case of negligence against the civic chief and for Rs 50 lakh in compensation to be given to any NGO. His body was recovered in a drain near the seashore at Worli on Thursday morning.
Dr Amrapurkar was believed to have fallen into a manhole near Lower Parel while walking on a flooded road on Tuesday evening. The drain ends at Worli and opens into the sea, where his body was found on Thursday morning. Family members earlier told The Indian Express that the gastroenterologist was returning home from Bombay Hospital when he made a decision to walk home as it was around 10 minutes away. However, the driver reached home, but he didn't.
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A fellow doctor, a close friend and neighbour of the deceased said on condition of anonymity that "I have known Dr Amrapurkar for more than 10 years now and he has been my mentor and a great friend".
Dr Deepak Amarapurkar had last been seen near his home on Elphinstone Road.
The police said that some people heard his voice.
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Eye-witnesses saw him drifting towards a manhole and since then he was reported missing.
Seven people died in separate incidents across Mumbai after rains lashed the city and the neighbouring areas.
The heavy downpour had affected many people and least six persons, including a lawyer, who was locked in his auto on a waterlogged road, died and seven others were reported missing in Mumbai a day after the city recorded its highest rainfall since 2005.
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