A 40-year-old former sportsman died on Saturday while trying to save a watchman’s daughter from coming under debris of a building at Maihar town, about 460 km from Bhopal, in Satna district.
Babloo Martin, however, managed to save the girl.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rushed to Satna and Maihar on Saturday evening and offered condolence to the bereaved family. Chouhan announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the family. He promised to fulfill the family’s demand of naming a sports complex in Martin’s honour in Satna. Martin had represented Satna in cricket and soccer tournaments across the state.
On Saturday, Martin and his friends were outside the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board building when he saw the three-storey structure tilting dangerously. On spotting 12-year-old Prabha, Babloo made a dash to save the girl from coming under the debris but he himself couldn’t make way to safety.
Local residents and rescue personnel pulled out Martin from the debris. The brave heart had ruptured his kidney and fell unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital in Maihar from where doctors referred him to Katni. Doctors declared him brought dead there.
A 40-year-old woman was also buried alive in the Saturday’s collapse. Six residents of the building were rescued from rubble of the building that housed 30 flats and 20-odd shops.
Built five years ago, the building had developed cracks a few weeks ago. The housing board and local administration had allegedly carried out patch work only.
The basement of the building was flooded with around five feet water for last three to four days, but no attempts were made to pump it out. Madhy Pradesh Housing Board chairman Krishna Murari Moghe has ordered a probe into the episode and assured that any official or private contractor found guilty of negligence will not be spared.