NEW DELHI

20 labourers injured as building collapses

Ground zero: Rescue teams looking for survivors in the debris of an under-construction building which collapsed in Delhi on Tuesday.

Ground zero: Rescue teams looking for survivors in the debris of an under-construction building which collapsed in Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: PTI

Staff Reporter

Two of the injured in a critical condition, say Police

NEW DELHI: At least 20 labourers were injured when a multi-storey building at Ram Nagar in North-East Delhi collapsed on Tuesday. Two of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.

The mishap took place around 5 p.m. when the second and third floors of the building near Mandoli Road came crashing down while construction work was on. Nearly two-dozen labourers were trapped under the debris.

Local residents called the Delhi Fire Service Department and five fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Twenty labourers had been pulled out of the debris by midnight. “We have rescued 20 labourers and rushed them to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

The condition of two is said to be critical. Rescue operations are likely to continue till morning,” said a senior police officer at the spot.

The officer said a case would be registered soon.

The owner has been identified as Subhash Gupta who had bought the building a year ago and added two more floors to the double-storey building. Subhash was running a furniture shop on the first floor of the building, while a small-time factory was earlier being run on the ground floor. Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra has directed the Chief Vigilance Officer to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the collapse of the building and submit a report within three days. The Commissioner has asked the Chief Vigilance Officer to specially focus on the cause of the collapse and fix responsibility of the officials concerned. He said if any official was found guilty of dereliction of duty action would be taken against him.

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