Three people were injured when a four-storied building being constructed illegally collapsed at Jagatpuri in northeast Delhi around 11.30 am on Saturday.
The building, originally a single-storied residential apartment, was being renovated. Three floors were being added to it. The building crashed on an adjoining two-storied house.
The police said the construction was unauthorised and the labourers were working on the ground floor after finishing the top three floors when it collapsed.
“They were working on the roof of the first floor. The owner, Mahender Pal Bakshi, wanted to raise the height. The labourers had removed the roof after supporting the building on side walls,” said a police officer.
Shyam Kumar, a labourer, said: “The building began to shake. We all ran out. We pulled out the owner's wife Seema and his 12-year-old daughter Shanu.” Bakshi was not present at that time.
Fire officials said that the narrow lanes delayed the rescue operations. After a three-hour operation, three people were pulled out and rushed to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) suspended a junior engineer. Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta said: “The Deputy Commissioner has been directed to submit an inquiry report within three days.”
The two-storied building, which was also damaged, belonged to one Guru Charan Singh. “Had it collapsed at night, there would have been many casualties,” he said.
A case of negligence has been registered against unknown people.