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5 of a family killed in wall collapse

Staff Reporter

School building under construction caves in


  • Incident took place at Gokulpuri in North-East Delhi
  • The victims included two women, three kids
  • One girl in hospital with fractures
  • Owner of the school absconding

    NEW DELHI: Enjoying the afternoon sun turned into a tragedy for a private security guard's family as five members of his family -- two women and three minor children -- were killed and another girl was injured when they were buried under the wall of an under construction private school building that came crashing down on them at Gokulpuri in North-East Delhi on Saturday.

    According to the police, the tragedy unfolded in Lane No. 9 of Babu Nagar in Gokulpuri around 3-30 p.m. The family of Babu Pal was basking in the sun in their courtyard when the wall of the school being constructed on an adjacent plot collapsed on them.

    The fire department was informed of the incident and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The firemen pulled out five bodies from the debris. They also rushed the girl who had sustained injuries to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

    The five who were killed have been identified as Krishna (45), wife of Babu Pal, daughter Snehlata (22), grandsons Anuj (4) and Vishal (2), and granddaughter Diya (5). Most of them sustained severe head injuries. Bhawna (10), daughter of Babu Pal, sustained fractures in her leg. Her condition was reported to be stable.

    At the time of the mishap, Babu Pal was away on duty. Snehlata's husband Jai Prakash happened to be at some distance from where it all happened. The police had not been able to establish contact with Babu Pal till late in the evening.

    Preliminary investigations revealed that the construction of the private school building, owned by one Subhash Chandra Sharma, had started more than a fortnight ago. It was scheduled to be completed by April next year.

    The police said the reasons behind the incident were yet to be ascertained. Eyewitnesses told the police that the plot on which the school was being constructed had been raised by about six feet from ground by filling up mud. The wall, which was about six feet from that level, had practically turned into 12-feet structure that collapsed on the victims taking virtually the entire family in one sweep.

    Meanwhile, on the basis of the complaint from Jai Prakash, the Gokulpuri police have registered a case under Sections 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating further.

    Raids were conducted at the residence of the owner of the school but he was found absconding. Efforts are also being made to trace the contractor.

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