3 Dead After Under-Construction Building Collapses In Bengaluru

Efforts are on to rescue others who are believed to be still trapped.

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3 Dead After Under-Construction Building Collapses In Bengaluru

The building was under construction with labourers working at the time of the collapse.

Banglore:  Three people have died as an under-construction building collapsed in the Sarjapur area of Bengaluru. Seven labourers who were working in the five-storey building have been rescued, says M N Reddy, the director general of fire and emergency services. Efforts are on to rescue some others who are believed to be still trapped. 

Police said the building suddenly collapsed around 4.30 pm. Fire brigade and police personnel, who were informed, launched rescue operations assisted by local people. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also helping with the operations.

Two labourers were found dead under the debris while one of the rescued succumbed to injuries in hospital, news agency Press Trust of India quoted Bengaluru mayor R Sampath Raj as saying.

The construction work began six years ago but was stopped later. Six months ago, work started again, said a senior police official.

"We are concentrating on the rescue operation. All aspects will be investigated and action will be taken against those responsible," said Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George. 

The minister also announced Rs 5 lakh for the relatives of each dead labourer.

"The building belongs to one Rafeeq. We are trying to see when it was sanctioned and the number of floors that were approved. If anyone is found to be negligent, action will definitely be taken," said Bengaluru police commissioner T Suneel Kumar. 

Mr Kumar said that some of the workers at the site were from Jharkhand. 

(With inputs from PTI)
 

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