At least 15 people, including four children, were killed Saturday morning after a compound wall collapsed at a construction site in Pune’s Kondhwa area. All 15, belonging to families of labourers, were housed in temporary shelters built at the site near Talab Masjid. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis set up an inquiry and announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the next of kin.
Search and rescue operations have been called off. Three persons were taken out alive and are being treated at a hospital for multiple serious injuries. A stop work order has been issued at the construction site.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Pune Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil said most of the deceased are from Bihar.