Four die in wall collapse

Labourers buried under the debris

Four die in wall collapse

A wall collapsed at the workers shed at Kammasandra, Hebbagudi in Bangalore on Wednesday. DH Photos

Five others escaped with injuries. The condition of two of them is said to be critical. They are undergoing treatment in a private nursing home on Hosur Road. Those with minor injuries were discharged from the hospital after administering first aid.

The deceased have been identified as Ajit Patel (25), Ram Jatan Das (28), Pankaj Sahu (25) and Prakash Pandit (31). They all hailed from Begusarai district in Bihar. They had come here two years ago and were working as masons and labourers. The names of the injured are Bijay, Raju, Rudra, Sepin and Ashok. Hospital sources said Bijay had sustained serious head injuries, while Raju was wounded in the urethra.

According to the police, the incident occurred sometime between 3 am and 4 am on Wednesday.

At least 40 labourers from Bihar were living in the temporary shed that was adjacent to the boundary wall of an apartment being constructed by Muniappa and a construction company called Max.

While the land belongs to Muniappa, the firm Max is constructing the building.
The 40 labourers working on the project had erected five temporary tin sheds adjacent to the boundary wall. The other sheds were a few metres away.

On Tuesday, two truckloads of sand was dumped near the wall. The police suspect that the wall was not strong enough to bear the load of sand. The downpour on Wednesday further weakened the wall and led to the collapse. All the four died on the spot.

The other labourers, who were in  other sheds came rushing on hearing the sound with which the wall gave up, and the cries that followed.

They pulled out all the people from the debris and rushed them to hospital, where four were declared brought dead.

The Hebbagudi police have registered a case.

DH News Service

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