A wedding party turned into a nightmare at a posh city hotel on Wednesday when the false ceiling of its banquet hall collapsed, killing three and injuring 30.
The incident took place at Fortune Park Bella Casa hotel at Ashram Marg, Tonk Road around 2pm. The party was organised by two families and their friends who were staying in the hotel and had come to Jaipur for a wedding.
Three elderly members from the families, identified as Satyanarayan (80), Nemichand (74) and Keshar Dev poddar (77) lost their life in the incident.
“One family was from Surat and the other from Shekhawati. The ceiling collapsed shortly after the party began and many people were trapped under the debris. The police along with the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) reached the spot and started the rescue operations. The injured were rushed to the Jaipuria, SMS and Fortis hospitals. We are investigating the cause of the accident,” said additional commissioner of police (crime) Prafulla Kumar.
Police officials said that shortly after the party began, the accident happened. Around 150 people are said to be present during the party.
“Prima facie it appears that the accident could have happened due to engineering lacuna. Further investigation is on,” said Anil Tak, commander, SDRF.
More than 150 personnel from the SDRF arrived at the spot, and with the help of various equipment such as cutters, the injured were rescued from under the debris.
“It appears that the false ceiling was thick in the middle but was made of really thin material at the edges,” said Tak.
Some police officials also said that the loud music which was playing at the time of accident could also be one of the reasons behind the collapse.
“It is possible that because of the vibration caused by the loud music, the floor collapsed,” said Sho Sanganer, Shiv Ratan Godara.
District collector Siddharth Mahajan said the hotel will be sealed.
“The hotel has 109 rooms and we have already conveyed it to the administration to shift the guests elsewhere so that the hotel can be sealed and a special inspection by a team of engineers be done to see that whether other parts of the hotel are also prone to accidents. The banquet hall has already been sealed,” said Mahajan.