The rescue team at the collapsed five-storey warehouse at Chikhli layout in east Nagpur recovered another body from under the massive debris on Wednesday evening. The building, housing a warehouse and an illegal cold storage, had collapsed on late Monday evening.
Even after 48 hours of the collapse that claimed lives of many innocent Chhattisgarhi labourers, the local authorities failed to arrange for big cranes and the machinery needed for the rescue operation.
Earlier, the city police and fire brigade personnel recovered two bodies and rescued 13 others, including women and children. The body of Santram Bharati (50) was recovered from the debris early Tuesday. Dilip Walde (49) succumbed to his injuries later in the government run Mayo General Hospital. Among the injured are two women, two minors and nine others who are being treated at the same hospital. Three of them are still reported to be very critical.
Sources said that at least half a dozen people are still in trapped under the huge pile of concrete, steel and food grains. The relatives of those trapped have been awaiting for the last two days to hear any news of their kin.
The body recovered on Wednesday evening was identified as that of Pavan Kedia (53), who went there on ill-fated day to meet the warehouse owner, Pramod Khandelwal. With recovering the body, the death toll reached to three.
The lackadaisical and callous attitude of the civic authorities in rescue operation evoked strong and violent reactions from the relatives of the labourers feared still trapped under the debris.
The local civic authorities, who have taken the help of National Fire Engineering College here for the relief work, informed that the relief and rescue operation are still under way to clear the rubble and search for more people who may be trapped, may continue for another day.
Meanwhile, the city police are interrogating the owner of the building, Khandelwal who was arrested on Tuesday and summoned the architect of the building to the police station for questioning.