An eight-year-old girl was killed and another injured when a communications tower of a Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company, iEnergizer, in Sector 10 collapsed on Friday afternoon.
The victims were sitting in shared auto rickshaws parked along the boundary wall of the building when the tower crashed on them.
Parmila Devi, mother of Kajal who died in the freak accident, said, “My 8-year-old daughter was sitting in the autorickshaw and eating along with four children. The tower fell suddenly and she died.”
“No one from the factory came to meet me, to console me. My daughter died due to their negligence.”
The injured girl Chandoo (12) was rushed to the district hospital with injuries on her back.
Her father Mohammad Shadat said, “Three other girls were also with them. They managed to jump out safely.”
Noida Superintendent of Police AK Tripathi said, “Two people from the company have been detained. And a case of negligence against the company was being lodged.”
“I heard a loud bang and thought the building had collapsed. Me and a few customers ran towards safety,” said Raghubir Prasad, a tea vendor.
His tea shop is just 10 feet from the factory.
Fire Officer AB Pandey said, “It appeared to have fallen on its own as the iron was found rusted. It should have been dismantled by the company.”
The manager of iEnergizer could not be contacted.
Though one of their staff members, Nishant, who took the call, assured to connect this reporter to the person concerned, till late evening nobody from the company called.
District Magistrate (DM) Deepak Aggarwal said, “A drive to check other call centre towers and mobile phone towers across Noida will be launched to check structural safety.”
“I have recommended compensation to the victims through the DM’s relief fund. We are also arranging compensation from the company whose negligence caused the mishap,” he said.