Three members of a family were killed and two others were injured when a wall of an unoccupied shop-cum-office in Sector 11 fell on them while they were sleeping on the pavement early on Wednesday.
The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Rizwan, a fruit-seller; his wife Khushbooda and their six-year-old daughter Chandni. The couple’s two children, daughter Shabana, 10, and son Faizan, 9 months, are critical and have been admitted to PGI. The family is from Bihar.
The family lived in a small cluster of jhuggis near the SCO whose owners are partners in AKM resorts in Zirakpur. Owner of the SCO has been identified as Anil Chabra and police is yet to register a case.
Around 2 am, while the family slept in the open, the wall collapsed on them. “We were sleeping in our jhuggis when we heard a loud noise. We saw that a wall of the building had fallen and a few persons were trapped under the debris,” said Asma, a jhuggi-dweller. A call was made to the police. In the meanwhile, the jhuggi dwellers took Rizwan to General Hospital in Sector 6 on a rickshaw, but he died on the way.
Police, along with the jhuggi-dwellers, rescued those trapped under the debris. While Shabana and Faizan were referred to PGI for treatment, Khushbooda and Chandni were declared dead on arrival at GH- 6.
Rizwan had come to Panchkula about 12 years ago. Around two months ago, his wife and children moved to Panchkula to live with him.
Deputy Commissioner S S Phulia formed a three-member committee, headed by SDM of Panchkula with two executive engineers of HUDA, to find out construction violations in the building. “We will provide Rs 5,000 each to the kin of the deceased,” Phulia said.