Bangalore's walls of death

Bangalore's walls of death

Engineer killed in Freedom Park wall collapse

Bangalore's walls of death

The 30-foot wall of the Freedom Park collapsed following the heavy downpour which lashed the City. The victim, Prakash (38), was  a civil engineer in a private firm and a resident of Nandini Layout.

Prakash was sitting in his car, parked near the wall, when it collapsed. Eight vehicles were also damaged  in the incident.   

Onlookers  pulled out  Pra­kash from the debris of the park wall immediately and rushed him to Mallya Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

The incident was reminiscent of the accident  in which  Sanjana Singh, a Class XII student, was buried under a BBMP wall, which collapsed on a rainy evening on June 1, last year, near Veterinary College, here.

“The moment we learnt about the wall collapse, we rushed teams to the Freedom Park and brought out the man from the debris. He was breathing when we rushed him to Mallya Hospital,” said Palike’s East Zone Superintending Engineer Parameshwara.
Two electrocuted

Elsewhere in the City, another engineer and a boy were also killed as widespread rain lashed the City for the the fourth successive day, leaving a trail of death and destruction.
In a heart-rending incident,  12-year-old Devaiah Rudraiah was electrocuted when he tried to switch on a light at an electric pole on Saturday evening. Devaraj was a Class VII student at Attiguppe Government School.

He used to clean a park at Nayandahalli near Ring Road after he finished school. On Saturday, after cleaning the park, he  switched on the lights when he was electrocuted.
Devaraj’s family is from Gadag. A case has been registered with the Chandra Layout police.

In another case, a 28-year-old engineer was electrocuted when he tried to take shelter near an electric pole. 

The Lucknow-based Av­inash Tripathi was about to reach a BMTC stop near a hotel on SJP Road around 7:30 pm to catch a bus when the incident occurred.

Tripathi’s body has been shifted to Victoria Hospital. A post-mortem will be conducted on Sunday, according to the City Market Police. Tripathi’s relative Anil Kumar, a Wing Commander, told Deccan Herald that Avinash was staying with a couple of his friends near the City Market area.

Bright student
“He was probably going to his house when the incident occurred. There is a high tension wire and a transformer near the bus stop. The area was inundated. He might have lost his balance when he came close to the transformer. Unfortunately, his hands touched the pole and was electrocuted,” Anil Kumar said. Avinash was a very bright student all along. He completed MTech in Lucknow and found a job in Delhi. He came to Bangalore just six months ago, Anil Kumar added.