February 18, 2014 4:03:39 am
Two women were killed and two others injured after a three-storey building collapsed in Sadar Bazar on Monday afternoon, police said. The roof of the top floor collapsed first, following which other floors caved in, police said.
The women who died have been identified as Rani (45) and Pushpa (60). According to police, the two worked as packers for hosiery in the building and they were on the first floor when the building collapsed.
“The roof caved in on the third floor, triggering the building collapse.The ceiling of the first floor collapsed, crushing the two women underneath,” a police officer said. “Two persons suffered minor injuries and they were taken to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital,” the officer said.
According to police, around 20 rooms in the building were rented out for commercial purposes. “The collapse could have taken place because the building was old. It was built in the 1970s,” the officer said.
Late on Monday afternoon, AAP members Ashutosh and Satyendra Jain could be seen outside the building speaking to neighbours. “We heard contradictory versions of what happened so I can’t comment on the reason behind the collapse. Many buildings in Old Delhi are very old and this needs to be looked into. Such buildings should be identified and people should be taken into confidence. Following this, they should be rehabilitated so that repair work may take place,” Ashutosh said.
“We also visited the injured persons in the hospital. Their injuries were minor,” he said.
DCP (North) Sindhu Pillai said, “A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Action will be taken against the persons responsible after the investigation is done.”
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