The road margin was being dug up for storm water drainage
VIRUDHUNAGAR: A 5-year-old boy was killed and six others, including two children, were injured when a temple wall caved in at Aruppukottai on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as S. Gurusamy. The injured are K. Nandakumar (12), B. Sivamani (5), R. Balaguru (45), and three contract labourers of telephone companies, R. Muniasamy (33), M. Alagumurthi (40) and M. Shanmugam (21).
The Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police, S. Prabhakaran, said an earth-mover, employed for the Aruppukottai Municipality, had dug the road margin of Virudhunagar Road at Puliyampatti for constructing storm-water drainage. A 12-foot compound wall of a temple, which became weak after the digging, collapsed at around 11.30 a.m.
It fell on the workers and the on-lookers. One of the workers, trying to repair the snapped cables, was trapped under the debris. He was rescued by the Fire and Rescue Service personnel and other by the locals.
The seriously injured Gurusamy was referred to Government Rajaji Hospital at Madurai. However, he died on the way and his body was taken back to the Government Hospital at Aruppukottai.
Meanwhile, the local people laid siege to the Government Hospital questioning the medical officers' decision to refer the deceased to GRH, instead of treating him at the GH itself. Cadres of Left parties too joined the agitation protesting against the “unsafe” way in which the road work was being executed.
Police and Revenue officials held talks with the protestors and pacified them. The driver of the earth-mover was detained.