Worker killed in mudslide

Building under construction is said to belong to wife of ex-CM

Worker killed in mudslide

The four-storey residential building reportedly belongs to the wife of former chief minister Dharam Singh.  The Sadashivanagar police identified the dead as Sharanabasava Mariyappa (18) from Kumbaralli in Yadgir. The injured Ningappa Mallappa (25) of Raichur and Swamy (35) of Gadag were rushed to MS Ramaiah Hospital. They lived on the construction site.

The police said all the three workers were busy working in a 15-foot-deep pit, digging the ground to construct a swimming pool. The soil in the pit, which was wet and loose because of rain, caved in burying Sharanabasava.

Regional Fire Officer (North) Shivashankar told Deccan Herald: “We received a call around 4.15 pm and rushed with 18 firemen. Two workers were buried till their chest and were struggling to come out when we reached the spot. We could rescue the two and rushed them to hospital. But by the time we pulled out the third worker buried completely under the mud, he was dead.”

Sharanabasava’s relative Bheemappa said: “I heard some noise around 4 pm. I came out of the makeshift room and was shocked to see the two half buried, but I could not see Sharanabasava.”

BBMP Chief Engineer Rangaraj said Singh’s wife owned the site and the building. But he had no idea why the pit was being dug. “I should see details of the site plan to ascertain whether there were any violations and if the owner had taken permission to construct a swimming pool,” he said.

Sources said Dharam Singh had taken up the construction of the four-storey residential structure for his children five years ago. He had planned a swimming pool in front of the house. The supervisor was not present at the construction site and the workers were not wearing any safety gears like gum boots and helmets. They were not even trained how to react during such crisis, Shivashankar said.

Interestingly, a few persons shifted other workers staying near the construction site elsewhere when mediapersons started asking them for more details. Those who shifted the workers refused to divulge details.

The police have booked cases under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act of negligence) of the IPC against Guruprasad Constructions, the agency executing the building work.

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