Security guard decapitated in construction site mishap

Excavator machine operator flees from accident spot

A 55-year-old security guard was accidentally beheaded by an excavator machine in north Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Sunday morning. The victim was deployed there to ensure no one gets hurt by the machine.

The machine operator fled from the spot immediately on learning of the accident. He was not caught by late Sunday night. Police said he has been booked for causing death by negligence and negligent conduct with respect to machinery, said police.

The accident was immediately noticed by one of the labourers working there. However, it took almost an hour for police and the labourers to find and dig out the head from the heap of mud.

Mansoor Beig had been working as a security guard at the site for the last five years. It was a large landfill site in Jahangirpuri. The security guard and the excavator machine were employed by the MCD.

Beig was taking a walk at the spot at about 7.30 am on Sunday when he came dangerously close to an edge of the landfill. His feet suddenly slipped and he fell down.

“Just at that time, the arm of the machine which had just deposited garbage on another side, turned around to dig out garbage from Beig’s side. Before he could recover from the fall, the machine’s arm swung and landed on the security guard, immediately decapitating him,” a police officer associated with the probe told Deccan Herald.

One of the labourers noticed the accident and screamed, drawing the attention of his colleagues. The machine operator Naresh Kumar too learnt of the accident and he fled leaving the machine behind. “He feared he would be beaten and killed by others, so he escaped,” said the officer.

One of the labourers had immediately collected the torso that was left behind. He also informed the police. But finding Beig’s head took much time as a large portion of the landfill surrounding the machine had to be combed, said police.

The vehicle was seized and the body sent for post-mortem. His body was then handed over to his family that lives in G-Block jhuggi of Jahangirpuri.

Angry locals, meanwhile, protested at the site in the morning. Some persons even pelted stones, but police said they brought the situation under control soon. 

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