1 dead, five injured in wall collapse

Labourers were working at the basement of the under-construction building

June 23, 2018 11:34 pm | Updated 11:34 pm IST - NEW DELHI

 The incident took place on Saturday at Greater Kailash. The builder and owners are being questioned.

The incident took place on Saturday at Greater Kailash. The builder and owners are being questioned.

A labourer working at an under-construction building died while five others sustained severe injuries when a wall collapsed on Saturday morning in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash.

DCP (South) Romil Baaniya said that deceased has been identified as Satish (42) and the injured as Narayan (48), Durga Majhi (38), Kapil (27), Ram Swaroop (50), and Ravi Mishra (35). They hail from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Locals rushed to help

Locals said that the incident happened around 11.30 a.m. and none of the workers were wearing safety gears. The labourers were working at the site for the last few months. Construction work was currently going on at the basement. “They had built four walls and the one on the right collapsed suddenly,” said Ankush Sharma, who works at a boutique in the area.

After the collapse, people rushed to the spot and found the six under the debris. “One of them was spewing blood when we pulled him out. The others were bleeding profusely as well. However, they were all alive at the time,” Mr. Sharma said, adding that the injured were rescued in 15-20 minutes.

Manoj, who works as a cook in the house adjacent to the building, said that the injured were then taken to the hospital in cars and autos. “They were first taken to a private nursing home and were later shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre,” he said.

Mr. Baaniya said that the spot has been inspected and the owners of the site are being interrogated. “Builder Nitin Verma and his son are being questioned to ascertain if they possess necessary documents and if safety measures were taken,” he said. A case under IPC Sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304A (causing death by negligence) has been filed.

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