Seven kids aged from two months to 15 years were killed while eight others were injured when a wall of a Gurudwara collapsed in Daulatpura area in Burhanpur town, 180 kilometre south-east of Indore. Two critically injured people have been referred to Indore. The death toll in an incident may increase as condition of many injured persons is critical as they were admitted at the district hospital.
According to the information, at around 1.30 a.m. Monday, a 40-feet wall of a Gurudwara collapsed on huts constructed near it and claimed six lives on the spot. Doctors declared one more person died at the hospital.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the wall collapsed due to heavy rain in town. Notably, this is the second incident, as the same wall had collapsed about 15-years back and four people had lost their lives.
Immediately after the incident, local people rushed to the spot and rescued people who were trapped under the debris. After the information, police and administrative officers rushed to spot and started rescue and relief work. District collector Ashutosh Awasthi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 50,000 each to the kin of deceased and Rs. 25,000 each to the injured from Chief Minister Relief Fund.
Apart from this, Red Cross Society and Gurudwara Committee also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively to each of the kin of deceased.
After autopsy, last rites of all deceased were performed.
Expressing their anger, kins of deceased informed that despite informing local administration about the dangerous wall ahead of rainy season, administration paid no heed to their warning leading to the inevitable to happen.
One of the injured person, Ashok Quril said that after every incident administration washed their hands of responsibility with lengthy investigation and mere compensation.