15 women fall into drain as wall gives way

More than 15 women fell into a stormwater drain and sustained minor injuries when the compound wall of a private school collapsed in Mahadeshwaranagar, off Magadi Road, under Tavarekere police limits, on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when around 108 women, who had gathered near the school to carry a ‘Kalasha’ for a  local temple festival, rushed to collect their ‘Kalasha’, which were placed near the wall. This caused a minor stampede and women who lost balance, leaned against the wall.

The wall, unable to withstand the pressure, collapsed into the five-foot drain. Around 15 women who were leaning against the wall also fell into the drain. 
The public and other devotees pulled the women out of the drain. They informed the police and shifted the injured to a private hospital, said the police.
The wall was constructed with hollow bricks and was damp due to a drain situated next to it, a senior police officer said.
The women are being treated at a nearby private hospital.
“No one has come forward to register a complaint. The issue is being discussed with the other senior police officers and if needed a suo motu case will be registered,” the officer said.DH News Service

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