Iron railings hindered rescue efforts

The Fire personnel were aghast to see the plight of the workers caught in the debris of the over-head tank on the Corps of Military Police campus at Anepalya Friday afternoon.

Many of those still trapped under the debris were screaming for help. Ramaswamy, Regional Fire Officer, who headed the rescue operation, told Deccan Herald that many were feared trapped under the debris.

“The iron railings were a big hindrance to rescue the survivors. We had to use gas-cutters to remove them,” he said.

At St Philomena’s Hospital, Obaleshwara, who has suffered a major hip and left leg fracture, said theirs was a family of eight people from Ananthpur, Andhra Pradesh.
They had come to the City in search of work three months ago. His brother Tippaiah was killed in the accident. His uncle Veeranjaneyulu has been severely injured too and is being treated at the Command Hospital. Shivamma, Obaleshwara's wife, was inconsolable that her husband had suffered a major fracture.

Hampagol, Technical Director, Fire and Emergency services said: “The capacity of the tank is huge – about one lakh litres. The five-storey columns that they have erected to hold the tank have not collapsed completely. A weak point in the joints that held the tank might have resulted in the accident.”

City Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji, said a private company, Lal Constructions, was given the contract to build the over-head water tank. He said Ashok Nagar police have registered a case against contractor Gopalan for negligence and taken him into custody.

The police would send samples of the debris of the water tank to Forensic Lab to ascertain whether materials of low quality were used.

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