One man died, and three college girls were injured, after the upper floor of an under-construction restaurant collapsed in Dehradun on Sunday morning. A rescue and search operation is currently underway. with police having rescued three and still searching for one more person believed to be trapped inside the collapsed building.
The incident occured around 1030AM when the under construction first floor of a restaurant at Kuanawala area of Haridwar bypass road in Dehradun collapsed after unceasing heavy rainfall for the past three days.
According to the police one man died under the debris while three others were taken out alive and rushed to the Doon district hospital. Apart from this search for one more trapped person was on as rescue teams were looking for him.
The deceased was identified as Bhanu Pratap, 60, while those rescued alive are identified as Naresh, Murli and Ramlakhan. All are residents of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh and were working in the building as construction workers. Bhanu Pratap was at the work when the tragedy occurred. The three college girls who were injured, Rachna, Varsha and Rinki who were present in the restaurant sustained injuries and were admitted at CMI hospital in Dehradun.
According to locals, the building belongs to a local medical college, which uses it as a restaurant and mess for the students.
Dehradun DM Ravinath Raman said that an inquiry would be ordered into the collapse of the building and that a 'criminal case' would be registered against the property's owner.
"All efforts were being made to rescue trapped persons alive. Voice of one trapped person is sill being heard by the rescue teams. He will be taken out safely" said SDRF commandant Renuka Devi.