LUCKNOW: It was an anxious moment for the residents of Alaya apartment that caved in recently to return to the place they called home till a few days ago to salvage what was remaining of their belongings.
Afreen Fatima, who lived in flat numbers 402 and 403, was in a state of shock after failing to locate her ancestral jewellery gifted by her parents but heaved a sigh of relief when her husband traced her purse and a bag covered in dust containing other valuables.
Similarly, Ruby Fatima, another resident of room number 102, who along with her father Riaz milled around the site for an hour nervously but failed to find anything worthwhile. Her father had come down to Lucknow from Delhi soon after hearing about the building collapse.
Akshay Gupta, a lecturer in architecture at AKTU, gathered around the site, apparently eager to find his belongings, especially his academic qualification certificates after days of hardship.
“I stayed on rent at flat number 303 and used to pay Rs 16,000 plus along with electricity and water. When I teach in the class I tell my students to ensure the safety of any building and structure but never thought I will myself meet such a fate,” he added.
Conveying similar thoughts, Aloka Awasthy, resident of 301, added that all her academic documents, cash were untraceable.
Meanwhile, Malik Khan Pathan, a relative of Abbas Haider, was busy collecting broken gadgets from the site and getting it loaded on a loader. “Still many of our valuables which include ornaments, jewellery are yet to be traced,” he said.
The administration and police have stored some of the valuables, which they got from the collapse site, at the LMC’s roughage department in Gomtinagar, where many residents had lined up to collect their belongings.
Meanwhile, steel plates, glasses, broken crockery, gas stoves are still lying at the site where a group of cops are around it providing security until they fetch an owner at the site of Alaya apartment.

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