A nine-year-old girl from Kerala was killed in an accident a short while before the start of the beating retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border Thursday. Srinandana, from Kannur district, had come with her father Premrajan as part of a group of 31 tourists to watch the ceremony.
Around 4:20 pm, when she was entering the visitors’ gallery, some iron pipes, used to support part of an under-construction portion of the gallery, fell and hit her on the head. She died instantly.
The pipes collapsed after an electric wire got entangled into the extended portion of a JCB machine, which was operational at the time. Construction work is on to expand the gallery area to accommodate more tourists.
The accident occurred near the Swarn Jayanti gate.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam ordered an inquiry into the incident and sought a report in three days.
The JCB operator, Jagtar SIngh, has been arrested.