One worker was killed and five others, including a woman, were injured after the basement of an under-construction building collapsed on them in South Delhi’s New Friends Colony Friday morning.
The deceased, Badri Prasad (63), was buried under the debris from the falling wall. Five others who suffered minor injuries in the incident were identified as Chanderpal (19), Bhupendra (20), Prema (50), Malkan (55) and Udaiveer.
“We received a PCR call at about 10 am. Six police teams, three fire tenders and an ambulance were rushed to the spot to begin rescue operations,” said a senior police officer. “Five workers were rescued first and sent to AIIMS trauma centre. Badri, whose condition was serious, was taken to Holy Family Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” he added
His body was later sent to the AIIMS mortuary. The post-mortem will be conducted Saturday.
According to eyewitnesses, Badri was still breathing when he was pulled out. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
A group of workers across the street were among the first to reach the site of the accident and assist in rescue.
“We reached as soon as we heard the noise of the collapse. We were terrified. This could have happened to us,” said Nazim, a worker.
A member of the rescue team said there were no supervisors at the spot during the operation and the workers were not wearing any safety equipment even as they were excavating 20-30 feet below ground level.
“We reached the spot immediately. While five of them were half-buried, Badri was completely buried,” he said.
(Inputs from Aranya Shankar; reporters are interns)