Three persons were killed when a dilapidated building collapsed in North Kolkata’s congested Burrabazar area. The incident took place at 16 Shibtala Street on at 11 am on Tuesday. The victims were identified as 90-year-old Taraprasanna Saha, his wife Sobharani Saha (70) and daughter Beauty Saha (52). The Saha family had been living at the ground floor of the four-storey building as tenants.
Locals said that the upper floors of the building collapsed and fell on the side where Saha family have been living. Locals recovered the members of the family and rushed them to Shree Vishudhanand Saraswati Marwari Hospital. Later all three members of the family were shifted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. 90-year-old Taraprasanna Saha was declared brought dead at the hospital while his wife and daughter subsequently succumbed to their injuries. Two other persons were also trapped who were recovered by locals. They were not seriously injured.
Local police and members of disaster management group reached the spot to assess the situation. Engineers from Kolkata Municipal Corporation also used to the spot to examine the extent of the damage. Speaking to The Indian Express, local Trinamool Congress Smita Bakshi said that Saha family were the only tenant living in the building. “The Kolkata Municipal Corporation had declared the building as dangerous and asked all its residents to vacate it. It was not safe to reside in that building and only one family was forcefully living there. Sadly the upper portion of the building collapsed today and fell on their side, killing one person. After getting the news, I went to the site to monitor the situation. The situation is under control now,” Bakshi told the newspaper.