Jalandhar: Many people are still said to be trapped under the debris of a factory building that collapsed in Jalandhar on Sunday. The death toll meanwhile has gone up to six.
The three-storey building, housing a blanket factory, collapsed in the Focal Point area of the city around midnight on Sunday. 60 people have been rescued from the accident site so far. Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and also from the Army are assisting local administration in rescue operations. Intermittent rain is, however, hampering their efforts.
The exact cause of the mishap is yet to be ascertained. The owner of the factory has been arrested. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been against her.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. The state government has also announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each for the kin of the deceased, Rs 65,000 each for those seriously injured and Rs 45,000 each for those who have sustained minor injuries.
Story first published:
April 17, 2012 15:41 IST