2 killed, 13 injured as under-construction school building collapses in Anekal

The labourers were carrying out concrete laying work on the top of the building

January 19, 2024 12:07 pm | Updated 07:34 pm IST - Bengaluru

The site where an under-construction school building collapsed at Byadarahalli in Anekal in south Bengaluru on January 19.

The site where an under-construction school building collapsed at Byadarahalli in Anekal in south Bengaluru on January 19. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Two daily wage labourers were killed after an under-construction school building collapsed on Friday (Jan. 19) at Byadarahalli in Anekal taluk in Bengaluru Rural district. Thirteen others who suffered injuries are being treated at hospitals in Anekal and Bengaluru.

In the morning hours, the labourers from West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Karnataka were working at the construction site belonging to St. Agnes School. The labourers were carrying out concrete laying work on the top of the building. According to Anekal police, who have registered the FIR, the structure came crashing down. The two workers who died were providing support to the roof where concrete was being laid.

The deceased are Minal Vishwas, 43, and Shoaib, 34, hailing from West Bengal. They were brought dead to a nearby hospital. The police said none of the workers were wearing safety gear when the incident occurred. A case was registered against the contractor who had hired them. Two workers who sustained major injuries were shifted to NIMHANS in Bengaluru. The rest, who suffered minor injuries, were discharged after treatment at a government facility in Anekal.

Anekal police, Fire and Emergency Services staff, and a team from the State Disaster Rescue Force arrived on the spot and rescued people. No one was trapped under the rubble.

Superintendent of Police, Bengaluru Rural, Mallikarjun Baladindi, told The Hindu that prima facie, it appeared that the iron rods were not bound properly before concrete was put, and as a result, the slab, concrete, and the rods collapsed. The Hospete-based contractor was assigned the work for the new building. Mr. Baladindi said about 25 people were involved in the work, and 15 were affected by the incident.

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