A nine-year-old girl died when an iron scaffolding of the under-construction visitors’ gallery collapsed and hit her at the Attari border near here on Thursday evening. Three people were also injured in the incident.
The deceased had been identified as Srinandana, who had come to Attari to watch the retreat ceremony with her parents from Kerala.
The incident took place when an electric cable got stuck in an earthmoving machine. The cable brought down the scaffolding, which hit the girl’s head killing her on the spot.
The construction has been going on for the past few months to extend the visitors’ gallery in order to accommodate the increasing flow of visitors at the Indo-Pak border.
The machine operator, Jagtar Singh, was arrested after being booked for negligence. Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam has marked an inquiry to the sub-divisional officer-2.
After the incident, the Border Security Force asked hundreds of tourists to return. Each day, more than 30,000 people visit Attari to witness ‘beating retreat ceremony’ conducted by the BSF and Pakistan Ranger in the evening.