The Hush Post|11:54 am|one-minute-read|
Five people, including four children were killed after two floors of an under-construction building housing a coaching class collapsed in Bhajanpura area in Delhi. The incident took place on Saturday.
The injured have been identified as Sujata Tiwari (23), Saurabh (9), Nitin (12), Umesh Kashyap (30), Farhan Sultan (6), Uma Bharti (7), Arti (9), Krishna (9), Busra Parveen (4), Sidora Parveen (9), Dishu (14), Swati (9), Harsh (6) and Kirti Tyagi (10), they said.
Sujata, Saurabh, Nitin (12) were taken to GTB hospital. Umesh, Farhan, Uma, Arti, Krishna, Busra, Sidora Dishu, Swati and Harsh were taken to Jag Pravesh Chander Hospital, Shastri Park. While Kirti was taken to Panchsheel Hospital, Bhajanpura, a senior police officer said.
Umesh, Farhan, Krishna, Dishu and Kirti were declared brought dead.
Around 30 students, all minors, were attending classes at the coaching centre. It was then that the two upper floors of the four-storey building collapsed, trapping them under the debris.
The fourth floor of the building was under construction. It did not have a roof, the officials said.
The fire department received a call around 4.30 pm, following which seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officials said.
The area has very narrow lanes. Rescuers struggled to get access to the building.
Thirteen people, including minor students, have been shifted to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Umesh Kashyap, the owner of the building, is also among those who died.
During the rescue operation, all the persons found under the rubble were shifted to hospitals, police said.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also visited accident site
“During investigation, it was revealed that a tuition centre was being run in the building. Students were being given coaching on the third floor. Suddenly, its roof collapsed and all the students were trapped under the debris,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Ved Prakash Surya said.
Condoling the death of the four students, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said he has directed officials to provide all possible support for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic deaths including those of innocent children during the building collapse in Bhajanpura, East Delhi. May God give strength to their family and loved ones to deal with this tragedy,” Baijal tweeted.
“Have directed all concerned to provide all possible support for the speedy recovery of the injured. Action will be taken against those found guilty of lapses which led to this tragic accident,” he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the site, also expressed grief over the death of the four students.
“Visited site of Bhajanpura accident. Am pained by tragic death of 4 students and owner of the coaching institute. One illegal floor was being constructed which collapsed. Inquiry is being ordered. Guilty shall not be spared. Sending proposal for compensation to EC for approval,” the chief minister tweeted.