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Three construction workers killed in wall collapse

Three construction workers were killed after a wall collapsed at Thirvoodal Street in Tiruvannamalai town on Friday.

Three construction workers were killed after a wall collapsed at Thirvoodal Street in Tiruvannamalai town on Friday.   | Photo Credit: specialArrangement

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They were engaged in digging earth to take up construction work next to the wall

Three construction workers including a woman were killed and two others sustained grievous injuries after a compound wall of a mutt collapsed in Thiruvoodal Street in Tiruvannamalai Town on Friday.

According to the police attached to the Tiruvannamalai Town, the deceased were identified as K. Ramesh (22), a resident of Edapalayam village in Tiruvannamalai taluk, M. Alli (50) of Nadupattu village in Tiruvannamalai taluk and M. Laxmanan (35) of Thenmathur.

Two injured

Two others —Poongavanam and Abith Hussain — sustained grievous injuries and are undergoing treatment at the Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College Hospital.

Police said an old building was demolished to give way to a new structure adjacent to the old building of a mutt on Thiruvoodal Street. It was owned by a doctor, Srinivasan, who had engaged Manikandan, a contractor, to construct the building, a police official said.

A police officer said that the old building was razed down and workers were engaged in digging the earth near the compound wall of the mutt.

“However, no measures were taken to strengthen the old compound wall of the mutt. The workers were trying to provide a concrete belt on the foundation when the wall collapsed on them,” the official explained. R. Ponni, Superintendent of Police and M. Rangarajan, Additional Superintendent of Police, Tiruvannamalai rushed to the spot. The Tiruvannamalai Town police are investigating the case.

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