A day after a young woman was killed in an amusement park accident in Howrah, the police have lodged a murder case against the management of the company that maintained the park.
“A murder case has been registered against the management of the company responsible for maintenance of Belilious Park, based on a complaint lodged by the deceased’s father,” D P Singh, Howrah police commissioner, told The Indian Express. According to Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) officials, the park is maintained by Panchdeep Constructions Ltd., a private firm. An officer said, “He has named builder Ram Ratan Chowdhury, director of Panchdeep Constructions Ltd., in the FIR.” Chowdhury was booked under sections 302 (murder), 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon or means) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.
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23-year-old Neha Singh, a student of chartered accountancy, had gone to Belilious Park on Sunday with her sister Sneha and other family members. The sisters were sitting on a ride called the ‘Hang Glider’ when their seat suddenly got detached. The two were tossed into the air and fell from a height of 12 feet.
Both sisters were rushed to the hospital. Neha was declared brought dead while Sneha, who recently got married, was referred to Command Hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
Raj Kumar Singh, Neha’s father, filed a complaint at Bantra police station late on Sunday. “My daughters were lying in pool of blood. People rushed to our help but none of the park representatives came to our rescue. They all fled from the spot. My daughter died because of negligence by the authority responsible for maintenance of the park. I don’t want anyone else to go through the pain that my family is going through. I want them to be severely punished,” he said, crying.
Singh said he went to the park only because his two daughters insisted that he take them. “I never thought this will be the biggest mistake of my life. I saw my daughter dying in front of me,” he said.
Police sources said Neha had suffered a fatal head injury due to the concrete floor. Preliminary investigation revealed that a portion of the iron arm to which the individual seat was attached was rusted, said police.
Authorities of HMC, which owns the park, said they would take necessary action against those responsible. “It’s an extremely unfortunate incident. The responsibility of its maintenance is in the hands of Panchdeep Constructions Ltd. The corporation is investigating the matter separately,” said Arabindo Guha, chairman, HMC.
“While the ownership is with HMC, the park was given to Panchdeep Constructions Ltd. on lease. They pay HMC a yearly remuneration. The tender was given to this company around 49 years ago, and is renewed yearly. We will revisit the corporation’s agreement with the company,” Bivash Chandra Hazra, MMIC of Howrah Municipal Corporation (Parks and Gardens), said.
Despite repeated efforts, representatives of Panchadeep could not be reached for comment.