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Court porch caves in, two die

TWO LABOURERS were killed and two sustained injuries when the porch of under-construction advocates? chambers collapsed at the civil court here on Sunday.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 01:21 IST

TWO LABOURERS were killed and two sustained injuries when the porch of  under-construction advocates’ chambers collapsed at the civil court here on Sunday.

The incident caused panic, as labourers were trapped under the debris. 
Senior district officials, along with judicial officer and lawyers, rushed to the spot. A team of the Gorakhpur Nagar Nigam also reached the site to clear the debris with JVC machines.

Those killed were identified as Babblu (25), resident of Laxmipur village in Kushinagar district, and Dhirendra (30). The injured were Ramprakash and Dilip. Babblu died on the spot. Dhirendra succumbed to his injuries at the district hospital. Ramprakash and Dilip were discharged after first aid.

Fifty chambers for lawyers are being constructed at the civil court. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had allocated Rs 46.15 lakh for the construction.
The work was being carried out by State Construction Corporation. The first floor was completed and work on the second floor was on.

On Sunday morning, contractor Manoj Kumar ordered his labourers to remove pads from the porch. When the labourers started the work, the porch collapsed. Four workers were trapped under the debris.

Two others who were working on the ground floor were unaffected. State Construction Corporation project director  ordered an inquiry into the case and constituted a committee headed by executive engineer SC Rai.

Meanwhile, Civil Court Bar Association vice-president Laxmi Narain Pandey and former secretary Padmaker Tiwari accused the corporation and the contractor of using sub-standard material in the construction.

They said if the incident had taken place on a weekday, the number of dead and injured would have been much higher. Pandey said he had written to the chief minister regarding  poor material, but the State Government paid no heed to it.
Administrative judge Abdul Matin laid the foundation stone for the advocates’ chambers on November 26 last year and the State Government was funding  the project.