Venkatesan’s friend and former colleague Munwar Basha, who was at the hospital, told DT Next that Venkatesan returned to work only last week after he met with an accident a few months ago. “He was bed-ridden for two months. As he suffered a spine injury, he could not move freely and ride a two-wheeler. Only last week, I found him a new job and he started working again. But another tragedy has struck the family,” he said. Munwar Basha said that Venkatesan had asked the house owner to repair the damaged ceiling. “The ground floor portion of the building alone was built with saline sand. So, the concrete in the ceiling was unable to withstand the weight of the structure built over it. Had the house owner made precautionary steps, the two lives could have been saved,” he said.