Multi-storey collapses; three hurt

Site of mishap: The scene at Jagatpuri in East Delhi where a building collapsed on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Staff Reporter

Case registered against the owner of the building under Section 337of IPC

NEW DELHI: Three persons, including a labourer, were injured when a multi-storey building collapsed at Jagatpuri here on Saturday. The three-decade-old building was being renovated when it came crumbling down, damaging adjoining houses.

The owner of the building, Mahender Pal Bakshi, had reportedly sold three floors of the building to a builder, who had promised to re-do the entire building, a few months ago. Mr. Bakshi had kept the ground floor for himself and was running a general store from there. Renovation had started a few weeks ago. The construction work was almost over and the labourers were busy removing the construction material when the building began to tremble and a large crack appeared thereon.

“Anticipating danger, the labourers rushed out. A few minutes later, the building came crumbling down. A portion of the building fell on the adjoining houses causing extensive damage. A labourer, Ala, and two passers by, later identified as Shankar and Naresh, were injured. Mr. Bakshi and his family, who were away at the time of the mishap, had a providential escape,” said a Delhi Fire Service department official. As many as five fire tenders were pressed into service by the Fire department.

The Police Control Room had received a call from the area residents around 11:30 a.m. “We have been involved in rescue operations since morning.

The injured have been taken to Hedgewar Hospital and no more casualties are suspected. But we need to clear the entire rubble at the earliest possible to rule out any possibility of more casualties,” said a senior police officer who was present at the spot.

Based on the complaints of neighbours, a case has been registered against Mr. Bakshi — who is absconding — under Section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

Later in the day, Mayor Arti Mehra and Municipal Corporation of Delhi Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta also visited the spot.

They inspected the relief work that was being done under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner concerned and asked the Delhi police and the Delhi Fire Services to work in coordination with MCD officials.