Three members of a fruit seller’s family were killed after the wall of a showroom adjacent to their hutment collapsed in Sector 11 here on Tuesday night.According to officials who reached the spot, the wall had gone weak and could have fallen because of the storm in the night.
The incident took place around 2.30am when Mohammad Rajvan (30), his wife Khushbuda (28) and their three children Shabnam (10), Chandini (7) and Diljan (4) were sleeping in their hutment. The entire family was buried under the debris within minutes after the fall. While Rajvan died on way to hospital, Khushbuda and Chandini were killed on the spot. Both Shabnam and Diljan were taken to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where till the filing of the report Shabnam’s condition was stated to be serious, while Diljan was out of danger.
Rajvan also used to sell jaggery at mandis during evening. A native of Bihar, his family joined him here over a month ago. The hutment was there for the past two years and the showroom, which was lying vacant for about eight years now, is owned by one Anil Chhabra of Chandigarh.
Those living in the adjoining hutments said the police arrived at the spot only after half an hour and in an ambulance.
Assistant commissioner of police, headquarters, Adarshdeep Singh said, “As soon as we got the news, we reached the spot and the victims were taken to hospital in the PCR. Firemen were also called but the bodies were recovered by our men by then. Two children were found alive and were taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, from where they were referred to the PGIMER.”
Deputy commissioner (DC) SS Phulia constituted a three member committee chaired by sub-divisional magistrate Hema Sharma. Executive engineers Vikas Surjewala and Preet Mohan Singh are also part of the committee. The members will submit a report on the wall collapse to the DC, who will then recommend action in the incident.
RED CROSS SOCIETY COMES TO RESCUE
The Red Cross Society gave 5,000 per person to the family to perform their final rites and also offered to bear all expenses for the treatment of Shabnam and Diljan. Meanwhile, the DC also announced that the responsibility of Shabnam would be taken by the administration.