Groom, 14 others fall into drain after bridge collapses

Wedding guests were celebrating and dancing at time of incident; three children suffer injuries

A groom and 14 others fell into a drain in Hoshiyarpur village in Noida Sector 52 on February 9 after the bridge they were dancing on collapsed, the police said on Sunday.

Three children sustained injuries and two of them were also hospitalised, but discharged later.

The cement bridge that the people were dancing on collapsed from one side around 9.30 p.m. The bridge was at the entry point of a wedding banquet hall, the place where the incident happened.

The attendees at the wedding had a row with the owners of the banquet hall following the incident.

The wedding resumed only after the banquet management offered a settlement of ₹3 lakh to the organisers for not taking legal action against the management.

The police said that Amit Yadav, a businessman from Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram, had come to Noida to marry Sonam, a resident of Kondli village in New Delhi.

It was Sonam’s father Phool Kumar who had booked the banquet hall for the wedding.

The security guard at the banquet hall said that the bridge collapsed 10-15 minutes after relatives and friends of the groom started dancing on it.

Marriage procession

“While others who were part of the marriage procession had gone inside, few people along with the groom kept dancing on the bridge. It collapsed from one side and they fell into the drain,” said the guard.

“We received a call regarding the incident around 9.30 p.m. We were told that the bridge, with around a dozen of people on it, collapsed in Hoshiyarpur in Noida Sector 52. A police team reached the spot immediately. All of them were rescued. Two eight-year-old children had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. However, the children were discharged soon,” said Mithilesh Upadhyay, Station House Officer at Sector 24 police station.

“No case has been registered as both the parties had settled the matter between each other,” he said.

The family of the groom said that the banquet was left with no other exit after the bridge had collapsed.

“It was an embarrassing incident. Those who fell into the drain lost their mobile phones and jewellery,” said Sumit Yadav, the groom’s brother.

The owners of the banquet hall has taken the responsibility of the incident and claimed to have compensated the victims.

“The banquet hall is in the business since 15 years. The latest incident was unfortunate and we have compensated them by returning all the money we had taken,” said O.P. Sharma, owner of the banquet hall.

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