A 12-year-old boy died and seven people were injured when a wall fell on them in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident took place at Desh Bandhu Gupta Road on Friday morning when a tree in an old North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) workshop in Karol Bagh was being chopped off. The tree fell on the wall and it collapsed. A case has been registered by Delhi Police but no arrest has been made yet.
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Municipal Commissioner Praveen Gupta has placed superintendent engineer K P Sachdeva, executive engineer Ram Kishan and foreman P K Gaur under suspension and ordered an inquiry into the matter, to be conducted by the additional commissioner (engineering).
He also announced a Rs 50,000 compensation for the family of the 12-year-old from the Mayor’s Relief Fund.
The seven injured are at Lady Hardinge Medical College, and their condition is said to be critical. “The incident took place at 11.25 am when a tree was being chopped off by some municipal corporation workers,” a senior police officer said.
“A case has been registered under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code at D B Gupta Road police station. We have started investigating the matter and necessary action will be taken,” said DCP (central district) M S Randhawa .
“Initial investigation has revealed that the collapsed wall had not been repaired for a long time due to a court case, but a warning that the wall was dilapidated and dangerous had been painted on it to prevent any tragedy,” said the official. After recording statements of locals, police also discovered that the tree had been pruned two days ago.