Three motorcyclists had a narrow escape on Wednesday when the iron barricades at a Namma Metro worksite near Attiguppe on Chord Road against which a huge mound of loose earth had been piled came crashing down on them.

While two of them suffered minor injuries, the third fractured his leg.

One of the injured persons, Shashi Kumar, a resident of Srinivasanagar, who has been admitted to Sharavathi Hospital, told The Hindu, “I was startled by the sheer inhumanity exhibited by the workers, who ran away instead of pulling us out from under the debris. If passers-by had not come to our rescue, our lives would have been in danger.”

Nagesh, whose leg was fractured, was initially admitted to a local hospital and later shifted to a speciality hospital in the city. Hospital authorities said that they were operating on his legand that his condition was stable.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), in a release, said that all medical and incidental expenses would be met by the contractor. Senior officials visited the victims in hospital.

Investigation revealed that the barricades fell owing to the huge quantity of mud piled next to it, which was a clear fault of the contractor, the release said.

The BMRCL has decided to impose a penalty of Rs. 2 lakh on the contractor, besides demobilising the contractor's site managers with immediate effect.

It has demobilised the resident engineer of the General Consultant.

“These kinds of mishaps bring disrepute to the entire project even though BMRCL has been striving hard to ensure absolute safety at the worksite,” said an official BMRCL spokesperson.