Construction worker buried alive as mud caves in

Construction worker buried alive as mud caves in

A construction worker was buried alive when a heap of mud caved in on him at an under-construction site in HBR Layout on Tuesday. Another worker was pulled out from the debris after a five-hour operation.

According to police, Bharath, 23, and Birbal were removing centring boards deep inside the 10-foot foundation pit.

Two more workers were standing in between the centring boards and the mud heap, which caved in.

Passersby rushed to the spot as Birbal screamed for help. They informed the police and personnel from National Disaster Response Force and civil defence were pressed into service. Birbal was rescued after a five-hour operation while the body of Bharat was extricated two hours later.

Rescue operation was an arduous task as concrete slabs had to be broken and columns of iron rods had to be cut. Assistance rendered by a welder who was passing by the site, came in handy. Birbal was buried in the soil up to his neck. The doctors at the spot made him consume lot of liquids to maintain his body temperature.

He was rushed to a nearby private hospital and is stated to be out of danger. Bharath, trapped beneath Birbal, was said to be alive for about one hour, but later died of suffocation.

Bharath, a native of West Bengal, was residing at Jyothinagar, while Birbal hails from Jharkhand.

The KG Halli police have registered a case of negligence against the site owner, Dr Jayaprakash, a retired medical officer of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

According to a BBMP official, the said site was part of a BDA Layout developed on Kacharakanahalli lake. It is also suspected that a stormwater drain in front of the site had been encroached upon. The soil here is said to be loose  on account of the stormwater drain.

Dr Jayakumar said he took up construction work around two months ago. “The plan was approved to build six houses in three floors including the basement.

This 4,400-sq ft land was alloted to me by BDA in 1989. We have got all the necessary documents and approval from the concerned civic agencies. This incident is purely an accident,” he claimed.

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