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Two killed,20 hurt in Malegaon mosque collapse

Faheem was part of a 14-member group of Tablighi Jamaat on a religious tour to the city.

At least two people,including 16-year-old Mumbai resident Shaikh Faheem,were killed and 20 injured after a portion of the 156-year-old Sulaimani Masjid in Malegaon collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

Faheem was part of a 14-member group of Tablighi Jamaat on a religious tour to the city. The group was staying at the mosque and Faheem was preaching when the collapse happened. Abdul Wahab,a construction worker,was also killed.

The mosque in Nayapura was constructed in 1857 and has since undergone several extensions and renovations. The portion that collapsed was reconstructed in 1957.

Police said at 3.10 pm Wednesday,two storeys of the mosque that were being renovated collapsed,trapping several people inside,including construction workers and the 14-member Tablighi Jamaat group.

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“A slab on the second floor collapsed. This may have been due to faulty construction material,” said Sunil Kadasne,superintendent of police.

“Luckily,afternoon namaaz had concluded,” he said.

The renovation has been going on for a fortnight. Most of the injured are labourers and they have been admitted to Malegaon Civil Hospital.

First published on: 09-05-2013 at 04:33:44 am
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