A 32-year-old man and his 20-year-old nephew died when they fell from the fourth floor of an under-construction CPWD staff quarters in North Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Borelal and his nephew Bardoli were on the fourth floor of the staff quarters when the scaffolding they were working on broke and fell.
Bardoli had come to Delhi four months ago from his village in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, and had been working at various construction sites to save money for his marriage. His family had been busy buying new clothes for the marriage, fixed with a woman from Ajitpur village in Uttar Pradesh in June next year.
Police said a call about the incident was received around 1.30 pm. The two men were shifted to RML Hospital, where doctors declared them brought dead.
DCP (New Delhi) B K Singh confirmed the incident and said a case under Section 304 (A) — death by negligence — has been registered at North Avenue police station. “We are trying to ascertain whose fault it was, after which we will take appropriate action,” he said.
Pintu Ahirwar, a relative, told The Indian Express that Borelal and Bardoli used to stay with their family at a JJ Colony near Gole Market. Borelal was hired as a mistry for Rs 400 per day, while his nephew worked as a labourer for Rs 300.
“We were all working at construction sites across Delhi. On that day, I went with my mother, father and three other relatives, including Bardoli and Borelal. The two of them were on the roof of the building and were clearing debris,” he said.
Pintu said he and two other family members were busy supporting a pulley used to bring cleared debris to the ground floor.
“We were very careful and coordinating with the two of them since they were on a scaffolding. Suddenly, we heard a loud bang and the scaffolding broke. They fell to their deaths, while we all ran to escape the falling debris,” he said.
The family alleged that the private contractor, who had hired them, was responsible for their death. After the incident, the contractor met the victims’ family and offered condolences. “Borelal was the only support for his three children and wife, and Bardoli was supposed to get married. His family in Chhatarpur is shattered,” Pintu said.