A worker was buried alive and two others injured when the earth caved in at a construction site in Michaelpalya, off the 80-ft Road at Indiranagar on Saturday afternoon.

The police said Mohammed Ashrab Ali (19), who hailed from West Bengal, died after being trapped in the soil that gave way around 3 p.m. They suspect the recent rain had loosened the soil.

Ali was standing by the side of the retaining wall, operating a generator to pump out the water, while his colleagues who were injured, Zahirul Mohammed (25) and Yasin (20), were on the other side. The latter were taken to Chinmaya Mission Hospital with injuries on their shoulders and legs.

The police said a residential complex was being constructed on the 300X400 ft site by Arattukulam Infrastructure Constructions Pvt. Ltd.

BBMP Additional Commissioner (East) K.C. Shivshankar, who arrived on the spot, said a case of criminal negligence would be filed against the construction company.

In another incident a week ago, two labourers employed for some underground drainage work in Arakere, near Bannerghatta Road, were buried alive when the mud in the soak pit caved in. This was also attributed to loose soil caused by rainfall.

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