Staff Reporter

Inquest conducted on the body

VIJAYAWADA: A day after the collapse of the old building of Government Dental College, an inquest was conducted on the body of Mohammed Raheem (not Mod. Haffeez, as reported in these columns on Tuesday), a construction worker crushed to death under the debris, on Tuesday.

The body was sent for a post-mortem examination. The Governorpet police registered a case under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

The police said cases were booked against K. Raghava Kumar, the representative of V3 Ventures, the firm that took the building on lease, and the company engineer Vanga Srinivasa Rao. Both were absconding.

Even as the debris were cleared during the day by pulling down the entire damaged portion of the building, construction workers led by the Left parties staged a dharna at the site, demanding ex gratia to the family members of the deceased and to the other victims who escaped with injuries.

They also demanded stringent action against the persons responsible for the incident.

CPI and CPI (M) leaders, who participated in the agitation, demanded payment of Rs. 5 lakh to the family members of Raheem, Rs. 2 lakh each to those injured seriously and Rs. 1 lakh each to those who escaped with minor injuries.